The Zara class was based on the Trento class but with better protection that sacrificed speed. The Zara class was developed still under the restrictions of the Washington Naval Treaty.
The Fiume and Zara were ordered under the 1928 - 1929 Program. The Gorizia was ordered under the 1929 - 1930 Program. The Pola was ordered under the 1930 - 1931 Program.
There was a single Gagnotto compressed air catapult, on the forecastle, to launch the aircraft that were carried. The aircraft were stored in a hanger below Turret A.
The aircraft used were the Piaggio P6, Macchi M41, Cant 25AR, CMASA MF6, and the Imam Ro43.
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Each of the Zara class' boilers were located in their own space. The two forward boiler rooms were just ahead of the forward funnel and powered the starboard shaft.