Great St Bernard Pass
A Route of Great Intrigue
The Great St Bernard Pass is probably the most famous of its kind in Europe. Not only does it offer winding mountainous roads which penetrate some quite spectacular views, but it is also laden with history and intrigue. The pass which runs from Martigny in Switzerland to Aosta in Italy dates back as far as the Bronze Age and has been crossed by armies, pilgrims, tribes and most famously in the 1800s by Napoleon and his army. Its idyllic setting can also be seen on the opening scene of the original Italian Job movie. Nowadays visitors skirt its roads simply for the incredible views of sunken lakes and mountains, and also to visit the St Bernard hospice to see the dogs from which the Pass is named after.
By Simon Willis, AFAR Local Expert
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