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La Via Francigena - des Alpes à Rome

ViaFrancigena crosses the canton of Vaud from Auberson to Bex. Crossing the Jura, along the Venoge and venturing into Lavaux offers superb panoramic views and various cultural excursions.

Just appointed archbishop of Canterbury, Sigeric the Serious, had to go to Rome in order to receive his investiture from the pope. It is from his return trip, completed in 990, that dates the oldest description of ViaFrancigena. This route was already used by the Romans as a link to the north In the Middle Ages; this path experienced a renaissance as a commercial axis and a pilgrimage route. Today, ViaFrancigena - Cultural Route of the Council of Europe - is the alternative to the Way of St James of Compostela (ViaJacobi). To discover Switzerland, three tourist packages have been set up, namely ViaFrancigena Vaud from Pontarlier to Aigle, ViaFrancigena Valais from St-Maurice to Aosta and the possibility of combining the two from Pontarlier to Aosta in 16 days.

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