Chiusa di Strino Austrian fort, forte Velon, Vermiglio, Trentino Chiusa di Strino Austrian fort, forte Velon, Vermiglio, Trentino

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    Locally famous spot Nati. Interesting visit and almost off the path!
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      Very good description. Nice tip for an off the path visit Nati!
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      Yes! And you added a plan. Should bring a contact however. Are you sure you have the rights for the plan?
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      Yes, 4 pics
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      Yep. But you also speak of an other fort. You should maybe have written an other article for this fort.
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With its 7 guns, this Austrian fort controlled the Italian border close to the Tonale pass. Close to it, you can visit the forte Velon.

My experience, Explo description: 

The fortress was built between the years 1860 and 1866, at an altitude of 1,538 m in order to control the border defense and the road going to the Tonale pass.

The building had a semicircle shape, displayed on 2 levels. Besides the combat rooms, the fort had a number of slots for close defense.

In 1891 the fort was completed by a second fortification, the fort Velon, a structure of modest size, with which it was connected via a steep fortified staircase (140m long) called the "capponiera.

In addition to this barrier were added the following forts: Presanella (south), and north Saccarana and Mero forts (also known as Tonale fort).

The fort was completely self-sufficient: it was full of drinking water, with a bread oven, first aid equipments, electricity generator, optical detector and a telephone to connect with others positions in the forefront.

The damaged caused to the fort happened only after the end of the conflict: they are due to the depredation of iron and stone.

The Vermiglio municipality decided to restore the fort in 1997. It now host an exhibition room dedicated to local fortifications and WW1.

My personal recommendations: 

I advise you to follow the "Caponiera" and to go down (going South-East) from the fort. After 40m, cross the road and continue to go 100m more downhill. There, you will find the ruins of the Forte Velon, lost in the forest.

How getting there: 

Take the SS42 from Cles to Tonale pass. The forts are located close to the road, about 3km after Vermiglio.

A tip to eat: 

No place to eat. Take a pic nic!

A tip to sleep: 

You can sleep in the Tonale pass ski station.

Useful information: 
Open hours: 

When I visited it, the Strino fort was closed. You should ask for schedules at the Vermiglio municipality.

Else, the abandonned Velon fort was open!!

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Entry fees: 



I did find some good information and a plan of the fortifications on this interesting website: