Numerous historically significant routes traverse the Valais. The villages and cities along the Alpine passes have long been important thoroughfares and trading centres on the way to the trade routes of the south. A hike along these historically significant paths is at the same time a journey into the past. There are many fascinating stories to discover – travelling merchants and mercenaries have left numerous traces and impressive buildings behind them.
ViaFrancigena - Over the Alps to Rome
No sooner had Sigeric the Serious been made Archbishop of Canterbury than he had to undertake the arduous journey to Rome in order to receive the papal blessing. His return journey in 990 produced the oldest description we have of the ViaFrancigena. But the route had been used long before by the Romans as a road to the north. In mediaeval times it became an important trade and pilgrimage route. The ViaFrancigena has been designated a «Major Cultural Route of the Council of Europe».
Distance: 66 km
Vertical metres: +2645m, -557m
Hiking time: 18h25
Season: April - November