The two forts of Colico

Una passeggiata tra natura e storia

Easy walking in the heart of Pian di Spagna, toponym which, together with the Forte of Fuentes, recalls the Spanish domination in the area.

Starting from Infopoint Colico, we will proceed towards L’Ontano beach and then we will take the small path and the beautiful carriage road that leads to the first Fort:  Montecchio Nord.

With expert guides, we will discover this exceptional example of military architecture of the 20th century, the only Italian Fort that preserves the original structure and armaments.

The fort is a reinforced concrete and stone structure.
In the lower part of the building there are the military and officer’s quarters and the command room, where you can admire a wall map. A walkway, 140 meters long and illuminated by wolf-hole slots, connects the first building to the main two-floors one. From the second floor you can access the domes and going up to the roof you can admire the cannon fire mouths.

After the visit, we will continue on a nice path towards Monteggiolo and then we will go up following an ancient road to visit the Forte di Fuentes.

During the period of Spanish domination, the governor of Milan, Pedro Enriques de Acevedo Conte di Fuentes, decided to build a large fort to defend the northern border of the Duchy. The fortress was built between 1603 and 1606. The fort was later destroyed in 1796 by order of Napoleon. Today the remains of the building are still visible: the entrance, the soldiers’ quarters, the mills, the oven, the church dedicated to Santa Barbara, the Governor’s house and the north-east mural complex, popularly called “Tenaglia” because of its particular shape.

At the end of the visit we will have time for a packed lunch in the shade of the centuries-old oak tree of the Piazzale delle Armi.

The return path is along the Sentiero Valtellina.


participation fee € 20/adult; € 15 6/14 years old; free 0/5 years old

DAY OF THE TOUR: Saturday, 11st July – Saturday, 23rd July

POINT OF DEPARTURES AND ARRIVAL: Infopoint Colico (Via Pontile 7), 9:30 am

DURATION: 4 hours

minimum 10 participants

“Colico nel Cuore” tour can also be organized on other dates on request.
The tour can also be organized by bicycle.

TECHNICAL NOTES: easy trekking

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