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on our trail with a view on the main road

on our trail with a view on the main road

crossing the border to Italy on Gd St-Bernard

crossing the border to Italy on Gd St-Bernard

Roman trail on Gd St-Bernard pass

Roman trail on Gd St-Bernard pass

Gd St-Bernard pass from the italian side

Gd St-Bernard pass from the italian side

St-Rhémy, first village in Italy

St-Rhémy, first village in Italy

Saint-Oyen

Saint-Oyen

Etrouble: a popular holiday destination

Etrouble: a popular holiday destination

Irrigation channel close to Echevennoz

Irrigation channel close to Echevennoz

Echevennoz

Echevennoz

Tour description

Shortly after our departure, and still by the lake, we will cross the border to Italy. We enter Italy in «Valle d´Aosta», a very small region covering only one district, called «Aosta».
Fortunately, we needn’t walk on the road; an alpine trail will lead us comfortably downhill. As this descent is less challenging than the ascent the day before, we will be able to focus on how vegetation changes from the very resistant, small alpine plants to greener and larger plants, then bushes and finally the first, individual trees, before becoming woods.
St-Rhémy is the first village we will encounter on Italian territory, at 1620 m.o.s From here on, further villages will follow offering accommodation. Etroubles further down the way is a place popular for spending holidays. When leaving this place, we pass by a farm named «Château Verdun». During the Middle Ages, they supplied food products to the hospice, while today they offer accomodation and food to pilgrims. On the lower segments of today’s stage, along our trail, we will encounter traditional, open irrigation channels, as we can still find in alpine areas with little rainfall. This trail ends at a pilgrims hostel in the upper part of the Echevennoz village.


Note(s)

The «Via Francigena» is one of the 3 main christian pilgrimage trails of the Middle Ages, the main axis leading from Canterbury to Rome. This documentation currently covers the most frequented section from Lausanne to Rome.


Further stages

previous stage: Via Francigena: Bourg-St-Pierre - Grand-St-Bernard
following stage: Via Francigena: Echevennoz - Aosta


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Places along the route: Col du Grand-Saint-Bernard - St-Rhémy-en-Bosses - Saint-Léonard - Saint-Oyen - Etroubles - Echevennoz


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Tour history (B03710)

First published: Donnerstag, 30. Juni 2011

Last updated: Montag, 3. Oktober 2016

Tour published by: GPS-Tracks.com powered by Outdooractive GmbH

Tour characteristics

Distance: 14.9 km | Time requirement: 4¼ h
Ascent: 58 m | Descent: 1276 m
Highest point: 2476 m.a.s.l.

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