Via Francigena - Aosta - Châtillon
Difficulties:E - Excursionist
from 01/04 to 30/11
Departure:Aosta (583 mt.)
Arrival:Châtillon (549 mt.)
Duration going there:8h10
Duration coming back:8h30
Virtually all this stage runs along the left bank of the Dora. The need to avoid traffic means you cross a continuous up-and-down route along the northern side of the valley, making this stage of the itinerary more challenging. The major attractions along the way are the vineyards and castles nearby and afar. Places to eat can be found in Nus and Chambave, and drinking fountains are scattered along the way.
Description of the route
On leaving the city of Aosta, you head towards Saint-Christophe and Quart, with breathtaking views of Monte Emilius.
You then pass the convent Mater Misericordiae of the cloistered nuns from the Carmelites, and alongside the picturesque castle of Quart.
You then follow the same path as the “Chemin des Vignobles”, a route leading to Pont-Saint-Martin, through sun-lit vineyards. In fact this area is acclaimed for its wines and numerous wine cellars.
On reaching Nus, it is worth making a diversion for the castle of Fénis, surrounded by crenellated walls and towers and considered the most classic of examples of medieval Aosta valley architecture.
The route then leads on to Chambave, acclaimed for its famous Muscat wine, where the path winds its way through fields and vineyards, through to Châtillon. A brief diversion will enable you to admire Castello Gamba, home to the museum of modern and contemporary art of the Aosta Valley. Not far from the parish church of San Pietro, you can also visit the park of the castle Passerin d‘Entrèves with its impressive avenue “viale dei tigli e dei faggi” and numerous monumental plants.