The fort is located in a scenic area of about 30 hectares, between the lagoon and the mainland. Built on two islets, it was started by the Austrians in 1805 and completed under the French domination between 1809 and 1814. This is the first and the most extensive of the eleven forts that make the so-called “campo trincerato” (entrenched camp) of Mestre. On the north-east side of the fort perimeter, facing outwards, there is a battery equipped with a sequence of small firing positions, made for the needs of World War I. One of the four barracks inside the fort is used as the exhibition hall for Historical Military Museum; displayed in it are the remains and artefacts related to the fort history, objects found in trenches, as well as a collection of weapons, tools and materials used by the Italian Medical Service during World War I, and many photos of soldiers on the front.
Text: Regione del Veneto
Photos: Fondazione Forte Marghera
Access is possible from Via Forte Marghera. There is a parking lot next to the fort.
There are also several bus lines leading to the fort:
– from the centre of Mestre (Via Tevere, line 9)
– from the railway station (lines 15, 32H, 43)
– from Marco Polo International Airport (line 15)
Via Forte Marghera, 30
I–30173 Mestre (VE)
+39 041 2744252, +39 389 1291578