The Great Walser Trail

A journey through space and time

How many people, for centuries, will have trodden these paths that once represented the only means of communication and trade? Today, walking the Great Walser Trail allows you to immerse yourself in a past characterized by the deep connection between man and the environment, to discover the life of the mountain people, industrious and ingenious people accustomed to hard work, who speak dialects of people from afar.

Numbers of the Great Walser Trail:
2 Regions: Piedmont and Valle d’Aosta
4 valleys: Valsesia, Val d’Ossola, Valle di Gressoney, Valle d’Ayas
220 km of the Great Walser Trail (GSW) in total
15 stages, average length 14 km per stage
more than 200 points of interest
1000 m of average positive altitude change per stage
12 thematic routes

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The Land

Walserweg Italy retraces the paths once used by Walser settlers in search of the ‘promised land’ south of the Alps. Paths that cross high mountain passes and descend back into pleasant valleys, through lands capable of offering opportunities for development and prosperity: this was how, step by step, the Walser settled in the territories of Val d’Ossola, Valsesia, Valle di Gressoney and Val d’Ayas.

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The Walser trails in Europe

For decades, the ancient routes travelled by the Walser settlers have been valorized in order to safeguard an ancient knowledge of customs, traditions and know-how.
From Vorarlberg in Austria to France, passing through Switzerland and Italy, a network of paths allows one to relive those itineraries by crossing uncontaminated nature and meeting its guardians.

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