VIA FRANCIGENA | Day 42
Etroubles to Aosta, 17 km
A clean start in a new country. I took the official path as the road looks more like a highway.
The path follows the 13km well-cared “Ru Neuf” irrigation canal built in the year 1400. The sound of cascading, rolling, and crashing water filled the air.
Spectacular views of the mountain tops all around. And would you believe it, I came across two English pilgrims who started in Canterbury eight days before me.
Not far from a wooden bridge lies a white marble statue placed inside a grotto in 2005 for pilgrims to have a spiritual site in these woods.
Overlooking the town of “Gignot,” I got my first view of the city of Aosta. Thanks to Paul and Len’s donations I stayed at a hotel within the walled historic city. The keys were left to me at a lockbox. In my room laid a map of the town and a few snacks.
I booked my next day’s accommodation and went out for some gelato. No stamp at the church but I got one at the tourist office. And would you believe it I bumped into my two Italian friends?
Dinner was pasta and red wine by the square as the sunset.
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Hotel Col Serena - +39 0165 78218
Rue des Vergers, 5 | hotelcolserena.com
Hotel Beau Sejour - +39 0165 78210
Strada Nazionale Gran San Bernardo, 3
+39 329 231 7800 | maisonjulie.it
11014 Étroubles AO
+39 0165 175 6808 | affittacamerelabri.it
Frazione Echevennoz Dessous, 11