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The Via Francigena in Val D'Aosta

Stage n. 1 - Gran San Bernardo - Echevennoz (Etroubles district) - (distance in km: 14,9)
“Following the inevitable visit to the museum and adjoining kennel where the St. Bernard champion specimen are bred, we set out for the border. From here we take a panoramic trail that slopes down towards the valley. We cross the charming villages of Saint-Rhémy, Saint-Léonard, Saint-Oyen, Etroubles, and the stage ends in Echevennox, where there is a hostel. The stage may also be ended at St. Oyen and Etroubles hamlets thus  shortening it by 3 km approximately. The fittest can continue to Gignod or Aosta. Food stops available in all villages; plenty of drinking fountains.”

Stage n. 2 – Echevennoz (Etroubles district) – Aosta (distance in km: 13,6)
“This stage takes place largely along beautiful trails that run along the “”rus””, ancient masterpieces of hydraulic engineering: small artificial canals that channel water from the streams to the cultivated fields. Level sections running along the canals alternate with steep descents.
During the second part of the stage we cross some beautiful orchards before entering Aosta, a city full of attractions, particularly some dating to Roman times.
Refreshment stops: Etroubles, Gignod and Aosta."

Stage n. 3 – Aosta – Châtillon (distance in km: 28,4)
“The Aosta Valley descent is a path that runs almost entirely along the west bank of the Dora.
The term “”descent”” should not be taken literally: you walk along a route that winds through the central Aosta Valley vineyards thus avoiding traffic. There are therefore ups and downs, along the northern flank of the valley, and the difference in altitude makes this stage quite challenging.
Refreshment stops: Nus, Verrayes, Chambave e Châtillon, drinking fountains along the route.”

Stage n. 4 - Châtillon – Verrès
(distance in km: 21,4)
“Leaving Châtillon we walk up a quite challenging hill, before taking the now familiar path that runs along a “”ru””, to Saint-Vincent. From here we keep to the left hand side of the Valley, heading towards the beautiful Saint Germain castle. We descend along a stretch of the ancient Gallie route and, from the bottom of the valley we can reach Verrès along a beautiful scenic route climbing up the side of the mountain, finally descending towards Issogne, where we recommend a visit to the beautiful castle. Refreshment stops in Châtillon, Saint-Vincent e Montjovet, various drinking fountains.”

Stage n. 5 - Verrès - Pont-St-Martin (distance in km: 14,9)
“A stage full of cultural opportunities: the splendid parish church of St. Martin in Arnad; the crossing of two ancient bridges at Echallod and Bard, a charming village dominated by the fort, where the Museum of the Alps is located; and in particular Donnas, along the roman Gallie road, before ending the stage opposite the roman bridge at Pont Saint Martin.
Refreshment stops in Hône, Bard, Donnas. Various drinking fountains.”

Stage n. 6 - Pont-St-Martin – Ivrea
(1,8 km in Valle d’Aosta)
“We walk away from Pont-Saint-Martin town centre through side streets, intermittently climbing and descending. After a short stretch along a highway pavement, we come to the Foresteria (guest house); here the path follows an uphill direction through the wooded back slope towards Carema.
Please note: on the AEVF website the Foresteria (guest house) of Pont-Saint-Martin is shown in the wrong place on the map!

Useful Information

Official website of the European Association of the Vie Francigene:

Via Francigena in Valle d'Aosta

How to get there:

Saint-Rhémy-en-Bosses:
bus service AO/ST. RHEMY (connection to Colle of Grand San Bernardo possible during the summer months)
Etroubles
bus service AO/ST. RHEMY (connection to Colle of Grand San Bernardo possible during the summer months)
bus service no. 4 AOSTA/CHARVENSOD/VARINEY for the VARINEY/AOSTA section
Aosta
Bus service AO/PONT-SAINT-MARTIN
bus Service AOSTA/OLLEYES/CHETOZ for the AOSTA/QUART section
Châtillon
bus service AO/PONT-SAINT-MARTIN
Verrès
bus service AO/PONT-SAINT MARTIN
bus service CAREMA/MONTJOVET

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