Valico della Fricca old tunnel

Adventure along the wild Valico della Fricca old tunnel

Vecchie Gallerie della Fricca is the name of a short mountain road located in Trentino in the northern Italian region Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol. A real gem of military architecture.

Set high in the Venetian Prealps, a mountain range in the south-eastern part of the Alps, the road is 2km (1.24 miles) long. Carved out of the rock, the trail features many unlit tunnels. The old trail was originally paved. It is totally closed because of landslides and blocked by a barrier. The old road was bypassed by the 904m long Fricca Tunnel, on the SS349 road. High risk of rock slides.

During the Great War this road was essential for the transport of troops and for the supply of the line of forts on the plateau. The road is very old and was normally used for communications between the highlands and the Valsugana and then Trento. Its epic moment was in the first days of November 1918 when it was used by the Austrian soldiers fleeing home.
Pic: © Matteo Ianeselli / Wikimedia Commons, via Wikimedia Commons



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