The Gothic Line at Borgo a Mozzano
Between 1943 and the summer of 1944, the commanders of the German forces decided to construct a formidable defensive line from the Adriatic Sea to the Tyrrhenian Sea (Rimini â€“ Viareggio, 320 km), as a last stronghold against the invasion of Northern Italy, known as the Gothic Line.
The German Todt Organization was in charge of the construction and, in approximately a year with the forced labor of thousands of men, imposing fortifications were built.
In the Mediavalle area of the Serchio River, at Borgo a Mozzano, bunkers, anti-aircraft emplacements, communication trenches, and antitank ditches are still well-preserved. This site is the only one of the entire Gothic Line to have remained intact and therefore, is of substantial historic importance.
Borgo a Mozzano is also known for its â€œPonte del Diavoloâ€ (The Devilâ€™s Bridge), the extraordinary and legendary medieval bridge built in the 11th century, which dominates the Serchio River.
- Meet the guide in front of the train station at Borgo a Mozzano
- Visit the Museo della Memoria, an evocative World War II museum
- Visit the â€œPozzoriâ€ bunker at Borgo a Mozzano
- Visit the â€œMadonna di Maoâ€ bunker at Borgo a Mozzano
- Visit the â€œLa Chiesaâ€ bunker at Anchiano
- Visit Ponte del Diavolo, the Devilâ€™s Bridge