Via Francigena - Châtillon - Verrès
Châtillon, Issogne, Montjovet, Saint-Vincent, Verrès
Via FrancigenaStage 4
Difficulties:E - Excursionist
from 01/04 to 30/11
Departure:Châtillon (549 m)
Arrival:Verrès (391 m)
Duration coming back:6h15
due to restoration work on retaining walls, temporary ban on transit in the stretch of this stage between the localities Balmas and Toffoz in the municipality of Montjovet
Here you pass through Saint-Vincent, a well known tourist resort, and up towards to rock of Montjovet and down along part of the ancient road of the Gauls. Once in the valley, you then reach Verrès passing through Issogne, at the foot of its splendid castle. Places to eat can be found in Saint Vincent and Montjovet, and fountains are scattered along the way.
Description of the route
Here you take up the path again along the Roman road “delle Gallie”. On leaving Châtillon there is a quite challenging steep ascent before taking the path flanking a “ru” through to Saint Vincent, where you pass by the well known spa centre and reach the Roman bridge in Cillian. From here, staying on the left side of the Valley you reach the castle of Saint-Germain, perched on a hill in the municipality of Montjovet, and then on towards Verrès, along the state road, or alternatively along the secondary parallel road that starts in the old hamlet of Montjovet. On reaching the village of Torille the path runs alongside the river Dora to then cross over the bridge leading to Fleuran, after which it passes through Issogne and alongside the famous castle, open to the public all year round. Worth noting are also the cast-iron pomegranate fountain and the paintings on the portico, depicting scenes from life in the 1400s, the magnificent Baron’s hall and the chapel.
The route then leads on to the hamlet of Verrès. This hamlet is dominated by a castle dug out of the rock, open to the public, and standing on a raised ridge of rock at the end of the Ayas valley.