Traces of history
Anderter Alp open-air museum & exhibition
A hundred years ago, Sesto served as a gruesome backdrop to World War I.
The village was in ruins. Women and children were homeless, fathers and sons had gone to war, stationed between the jagged rock faces and unrelenting snow slopes of the Sesto Dolomite mountains. Numerous relics in the mountains are still witnesses of this dark chapter that made the Austrian and therefore German-speaking people of Sesto suddenly part of the Italian empire. The goal of the Bellum Aquilarum non-profit association is to process historical references and to turn the former war front into an accessible experience for interested parties. The key piece of this work is the open-air museum in the “Anderter Alp” area on the Croda Rossa mountain – directly on the former battleground, where the original positions and trenches can be visited. In the village centre, a permanent exhibition called “Unforgotten. World War I in the Sesto Dolomite mountains 1915-1918” tells visitors more about the everyday life of the soldiers at the mountain front and the battles that took place around the Sentinella pass, the Croda Rossa mountain or the Eleven peak, as well as about escaping, returning to nothing and the complete rebuilding of a village.