Timeless trails

Close your eyes and think about a mountain path

that goes through a luxuriant vegetation, some picturesque villages and some corners rich in history and traditions.

Be seduced by the atmospheres of a time that passes slowly and peacefully and brings back memories and witness. Listen to the sound of silence that surrounds, charms and accompanies you in this new adventure. Now open your eyes: no, it’s not a dream, everything is true, in the Aosta Valley there are two paths that allow you to feel these emotions!

The first one is the historical Via Francigena, a path that bewitches from the IX century and that is covered every year by hundreds of pilgrims. This route links the English city of Canterbury to Rome and was described for the first time by Sigeric, the archbishop of Canterbury, while coming back to England.

In the Aosta Valley there are five stages linked to the Via Francigena: from the Great Saint Bernard pass, a mystic place that marks the entrance to Italy, the path continues to Aosta and then to Châtillon, Verrès and Pont-Saint-Martin. Along the route one can see unbelievable sceneries embellished by castles, towns and unspoilt nature.

Along this route you can stop in some structures to have a reinvigorating break and discover some of the best corners of our region at your own pace: click here to discover the list of the accommodation ‘friends of the Via Francigena’!

The second route is the brand-new Cammino Balteo, a path that stretches in low and medium mountains and which is a true hymn to slowness.

With a length of 350 km, this route is developed in the whole Aosta Valley between 500 and 1,900 metres. Because of this, it can be covered almost all year long on foot. You only have to follow the panels with a yellow triangle and number 3 to enjoy the beauty of nature that changes and adapts to the slow but continuous passage of time.

In its 23 stages the Cammino Balteo touches the Mont Rose, Central valley, Matterhorn, Mont Blanc and Aosta areas and it keeps on showing unusual and charming views.