The complex defensive system built at the beginning of the 20th century on the Cavallino coast to protect Venice from attacks coming from enemy’s ships, was made of 4 coastal batteries, 3 barracks, 2 powder magazines and numerous telemetry towers that could be as much as seven-storey high. These towers, provided with sophisticated equipment positioned on their summits, provided artillerymen with shooting coordinates. The 19th century Treporti Fort with its military small port, integrated the defensive structure of the coast.
    An itinerary made of finds and pictures that, starting from the recollection of the Sarajevo assassination of June 28, 1914, will make you discover the most lethal weapons of the Great War: grenades and Shrapnel of various calibres, toxic gasses and flame throwers, shotguns and machine guns. Moreover, numerous original relics testimony the life of fighters in the trenches: barbed wires, soldiers’ pastimes between battles, their equipment and some curiosities on common sayings and superstitions still existing that arose in the context of the First World War.
    Even in Cavallino Treporti, as in other war zones, the Decauville (a narrow-gauge railway invented by the French in the 1850s) was used. Its carts, generally animal-drawn, were used to transport goods and ammunitions, but also to move people.
    The elevated number of wounded and the spread of infectious diseases, certainly helped by the terrible sanitary conditions of the war zones, made it necessary to organize a system of military healthcare. A collection made of surgical tools and medical equipment for health assistance. In addition to these, medical records of the San Servolo mental institution in Venice that testimony the drama of mental illnesses deriving from the incessant bombings.
    This exhibition shows the achievements of the sailors who fought in the upper Adriatic during the First World War. A story told through some happenings strictly connected with Venice and the coastal and lagoon area of Cavallino Treporti. The development of MAS (small and quick assault boats armed with cannons, machine guns and torpedoes) – sponsored by Admiral Paolo Thaon di Revel – made the realisation of these memorable achievements that lead to the sinking of big enemy naval units possible.
    The Venetian Arsenal, thanks to the craftsmanship of Venetian artisans, was the headquarters of the first base of the Italian Naval Aviation: afterward, with the expansion of the seaplane fleet, a second base was created on Vignole Island, behind the Fort of Sant’Andrea, and later, a contingent was set up in Punta Sabbioni.
    The heart of the exhibition is represented by a collection of uniforms, badges and accessories, original relics of the time, that belonged to sailors of various nations that fought here, not only at sea but also on the mainland or in the sky.
    A new multimedia area where technology is made available for history to engage younger visitors through VR with in-depth analysis of the Great War and the fortifications of Cavallino Treporti.
    In this section you can find some comics of WOW Spazio Fumetto, Museo del Fumetto di Milano, Fondazione Franco Fossati.
    This area offers contents developed in the field of the Italian-Slovenian Project Interreg WALKofPEACE.
    The exhibition retraces the stages of the project of restoration and enhancement with pictures and interventions that led to its opening to the public as museum of the Great War in Summer 2017. The restoration was possible thanks to the funds allocated by the Veneto Region on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Great War with the aim of promoting the safeguard and preservation of the historical-cultural heritage linked to the first global conflict.
    An itinerary thought for children who, together with the little dragon Artì, can start a mission in search of the soldiers’ equipment. One of the stages is enriched by multimedia and interactive contents that combine play with cultural growth.
    A space dedicated to the work tool and objects connected to the military defence of the Cavallino Treporti area: “crowbars”, carriages, cannon parts, anti-personnel bear traps and chiselled shell casings, everything rigorously made of iron.