Itineraries of the spirit

 

The mountain is often thought of as a mysterious and fascinating place where silence provides a holy dimension. In Valle d’Aosta in particular, the nature-spirituality connection has ancient heritage. The Via Francigena crosses this region: many pilgrims of various languages, nationalities, wealth and traditions have passed through it ever since the early 11th Century.

Another type of journey featuring contemplation, meditation and prayer is the procession: focused on the "path" as well as on the "destination", it is more "unifying" and linked to the sense of return and to the territory in which the communities live. There are many long-standing processions in Valle d’Aosta, which still exist today, offering, above all in summer, interesting opportunities for dialogue between nature – an object of contemplation – and religiosity.

The itineraries listed are excursions in the mountain of various lengths (the same clothing and gear used for trekking is recommended).

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Dondena - Sanctuary at Misérin lake

The paths of the spirit  -  Champorcher

Just beyond the square in Champorcher, the municipal seat, take the road on the right that winds towards the village of Grand Mont Blanc and then continues along the dirt road to Dondena. Park th…

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Promiod - Our Lady of the Mount Zerbion

The paths of the spirit  -  Châtillon

To get to Promiod, in the municipality of Châtillon, follow the Valtournenche road until you come to the municipality of Antey-Saint-André. Next take the regional road towards Magdeleine and afte…

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Cogne (Lillaz) - Sanctuary of San Besso

The paths of the spirit  -  Cogne

From the square in Lillaz, in the municipality of Cogne, take route AV2 which continues into the Urtier valley. After reaching a group of houses and going past a short section of a penstock, it goe…

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Fontainemore - Colle della Barma d'Oropa

The paths of the spirit  -  Fontainemore

Leave Pillaz, in the municipality of Fontainemore, following signpost 2, then take the inter-estate road which leads through the woods to the Vargno valley.
The road continues in a straight lin…

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Buthier - Punta Chaligne

The paths of the spirit  -  Gignod

From the state road for Gran San Bernardo, take the road that leads to Buthier and leave the car in the square at Buthier Gorrey (1350 m). Take route 2A which soon comes to Clemencey, where the trail…

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Pila - Saint-Grat Hermitage

The paths of the spirit  -  Gressan

When you get to the main car park in Pila, near the cable car cabin, take the dirt road that goes under the Pila-Chamolé cables, then takes you comfortable to the Saint-Grat hermitage.

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La Thuile - Chapel of St.Grat and St. Margaret

The paths of the spirit  -  La Thuile

From the car park at the bar in La Joux, take the Alta Via 2 route, AV2. Go past the crossroads with the itineraries that lead to the three waterfalls on the Ruitor, and when you come to anothe…

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Porliod - Cuney Sanctuary

The paths of the spirit  -  Nus

Once you reach the square in Porliod, where the tarmac road finishes coming from Lignan, a hamlet in the municipality of Nus, you take footpath no. 11B which goes up through the high pastures an…

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Vernosse Bridge - Col d'Arpeyssaou

The paths of the spirit  -  Oyace

From Vernosse, in the municipality of Oyace, continue towards Bagnera bridge. Continue along the road until you come to route 4 – at the end of the paved road and start of the private road – whic…

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Pontboset - Retempio Sanctuary

The paths of the spirit  -  Pontboset

Leave the car in the car park in front of the town hall, and take the paved road the goes through the village and down across the Ayasse stream. Continue along the road that runs alongside th…

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