Historic routes

Historic routes

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».


Starting point: Pontarlier
Destination: Aosta
Distance: 66 km
Vertical metres: +2645m, -557m
Hiking time: 18h25
Season: April - November

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