Via Francigena. The Road to Rome

Hiking

VFF39 - From Coublanc to Champlitte

In Coublanc, we leave region Grand Est and enter region Burgundy-Franche Comté in Leffond.

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VFF40 - From Champlitte to Dampierre sur Salon

After a visit to the castle and to the place called "Lavières", we discover Champlitte-la-Ville and its Romanesque church.

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VFF41 - From Dampierre sur Salon to Bucey les Gy

Happily or not, we discovered the glass "Tower" of Dampierre.

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VFF42 - From Bucey les Gy to Cussey sur l’Ognon

Bucey-Les-Gy is a municipality labeled "Cité de caractère de Bourgogne-Franche-Comté" with a rich built and natural heritage.

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VFF43 - From Cussey sur l’Ognon to Besançon (Pont Battant)

After crossing the bridge over the river Ognon, there is the first commune in the county of Doubs: Cussey-sur-l'Ognon.

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VFF44 - From Besançon to Foucherans

After a visit to the city of Besançon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which dazzles us with its rich heritage, culture and environment, we leave the city where Victor Hugo and the Lumière brothers were born.

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VFF45 - From Foucherans to Mouthier-Haute-Pierre

After Foucherans, we quietly head towards a nice sport downhill slope that awaits us before arriving on an old railway.

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VFF46 - From Mouthier Haute Pierre to Pontarlier

From Mouthier, we will enter the Gorges de Noailles, always following the river Loue to its source. It is a dazzling, an incredible landscape, a sports course.

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VFF47 - From Pontarlier to L’Auberson/Sainte Croix

From Pontarlier starts the final climb to cross the Jura mountain. Over a few kilometers, the Via Francigena follows the same direction as the Route of Absinthe linking the comtoise city with Val de Travers, two high places of this drink renowned for its disturbing reputation.

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VFF47bis - Historical variant leg from Pontarlier to Jougne

From Pontarlier starts the final climb to cross the Jura mountain. Over a few kilometers, the Via Francigena follows the same direction as the Route of Absinthe linking the comtoise city with Val de Travers, two high places of this drink renowned for its disturbing reputation.

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VFS01v - Alternative route - Pontarlier-St-Croix

The last leg of the route, ascending to pass the Jura Mountains starts at Pontarlier. 

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VFS02 - Stage Jougne-Orbe

After having crossed the hill of Jougne, frequented since ancient times, the Via Francigena passes by the Chapel of St. Maurice, founded by the canons of the Abbey of St. Maurice in Valais.

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VFS02v - Alternative route - St-Croix-Orbe

The ViaFrancigena reaches Swiss soil at La Grand’Borne near L’Auberson, leads over high plains to Sainte-Croix and down to Vuiteboeuf, with beautiful views of the Swiss Mittelland.

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VFS03 - Stage Orbe-Cossonay

Exiting the Orbe leg (55. Urba), the trail moves towards Romainmôtier, passing through Bretonnières with its picturesque Roman church.

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VFS04 - Stage Cossonay-Lausanne

The Via Francigena follows the course of the Venoge from Cossonay to the banks of Lake Geneva. The river represents the main theme of this leg, between mountains and valleys,

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VFS05 - Stage Lausanne-Vevey

This leg runs partially along the Lemano lake and partially crosses vineyards of "Lavaux". They are included in the World heritage UNESCO regarding production of wine

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VFS06 - Stage Vevey-Aigle

The route skirts around Lake Geneva, crossing Montreux and proceeding until Villeneuve.  Leaving the lake behind, the course continues levelly till it arrives at the entrance of Aigle.  It then rises to pass Yvorne and a lovely panoramic point of the Rhône Valley, before descending to Aigle. 

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VFS07 - Stage Aigle-St-Maurice

On leaving Aigle, the route passes vineyards as it shortly arrives at the castle, constructed in the 13th Century.  Proceeding through vineyards and woods along the coast, the path reaches Ollon. 

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VFS08 - Stage St-Maurice–Martigny

Just after Saint-Maurice you reach Vérolliez, where a tiny chapel commemorates the martyrdom of St Mauritius and his companions. On the path into the Rhonetal, you meet the famous Pissevache waterfall and the 200-metre-deep Trient gorge. For more information: info@martigny.com

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VFS09 - Stage Martigny–Orsières

This stage marks the beginn of the climb to the Great St. Bernard pass. From Martigny a sometimes steep path leads over the narrow Les Trappistes pass to the medieval village of Sembrancher. From here the route follows the Napoleon trail. In Orsières, don't forget to visit the church, the bel and it's "Saint Gregoire Mass" and inside the church, the exhibition about Maurice Tornay, born in Orsières. You can also discover the Via Francigena in Switzerland by following this route in the heart of the village of Orsières! Difference in height: + 950 m More info: info@saint-bernard.ch

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