Vermiglio is the last municipality in Val di Sole that you will find going towards Passo Tonale. In the past, due to its geographical position, it was located right at the border of the “Kingdom of Italy” between Italian and Austro-Hungarian territory. It is located along the slopes of Monte Boai. Its economy is mainly based on livestock and the lumber industry; local craftsmanship is also important. However, summer and winter tourism has also become an important source of income for the town. In addition to the sports and tourist facilities in Vermiglio, it is the hamlet called Passo del Tonale that has the largest concentration of accommodation facilities, ski slopes and amenities in the area.
Over the years, Vermiglio has become one of the most important cross-country skiing centres in Italy and it hosts many national and international competitions each year.
What to see:
Fort Strino is located on the road that connects Vermiglio to Passo Tonale. Strategically it was the most important fortification among those built by the Hapsburg government (Forts Mero, Zacarana etc...) between 1860 and 1912 to control the pass towards Italy. The fort was built in 1861 and then enlarged in 1906 with the addition of a gatehouse. It was restored between 1993 and 1997 and it now hosts a permanent exhibit with war relics, documents and photographs from the Great War.
The “Museo della Guerra Bianca” (White War Museum) is also interesting to visit: it is located right along the main road in the town of Vermiglio. It hosts a permanent exhibit on WWI with relics, weapons and photographs that were found and collected over the years by the legendary Emilio Serra.