Serra La Croce Fort in Messina
The Forte Serra la Croce di Messina is part of the Umbertina network of forts located on the Sicilian and Calabrian heights bordering the strait. Forte Serra La Croce stands on the hills at the north end of the city and is the only one to be oriented to the north-east and dedicated to controlling the Tyrrhenian stretch from Capo Calavà to Punta Faro.
The entire structure, having exhausted its military function as an anti-aircraft post in the last world war, has been adapted over time to a barracks and ammunition depot.
The structure of the fort is very well preserved, is one of the most intact of the network. It has a typical plan of the Umbertine batteries, that is, trapezoidal and symmetrical and has a large esplanade that precedes the entrance.
Inside is a hand-painted Italian geographical map of the time.
Forte Serra la Croce is often the location of cultural events, screenings and culinary appointments.