A hiker visiting Rifugio Viola will surely notice the strange and atypical form of the hut.
The reason for this structure comes from history: in the past it has been a military fortress built for the Finance Police, a few years before the First World War.
During World War I it had only a monitoring and border control role with neighboring Switzerland, but the fortress never took an active part in the war.
The house has maintained this role since the 1950s. After that, it was abandoned and soon became home to hunters and shepherds. The owner was nobody, so unfortunately a lot of vandalism has been done in these years.
Marco Fraquelli was a mountain lover and a regular hiker of the valley and he soon understood the importance that the area could have for tourism. In 1972 he bought the ruin and with the help and efforts of his family changed the role of the fortress in a mountain hut, which we now call Rifugio Viola.