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Stage 3. Aosta to Châtillon

  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.

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Distance Time Elevation in meters

Gain Loss Min Max
27.8   8H10 590 660 549 583




Original map courtesy of "The Via Francigena Terre De Mezzo by Roberta Ferraris ISBM978-88-6189-491-4"

3.1 0.2 km Piazza Chanoux
3.2 1.3 km Lane joins SS26
3.3 3.5 km Church od Saint-Christophe, among the vinyards
3.4 4.9 km Olligan; sign pointing to Ru du Prevot
3.5 6.3 km Water uptake system for the "ru"
3.6 7.5 km Castello di Quart
3.7 10.5 km At Chetoz, follow Ru Mazod
3.8 14.2 km Church of Sant'Ilario
3.9 16.2 km Village of Plantayes
3.10 18.6 km Church of Diemoz
3.11 20.3 km Mule track amongst the vinyards
3.12 20.9 km Avenue of horse chestnut trees leading to railway station
3.13 24.7 km Abandoned village of Barma
3.14 26.9 km Chatillon; roundabout with a reproduction of the Matterhorn



The itinerary follows the left embankment of the river Dora (the so-called “adret”). In order to avoid the road traffic, you will have to follow some trails that go up and down the northern side of the valley. Enjoy the marvellous vineyards and castles that are found throughout this area.

Quart Castle, situated in a strategic position to secure the valley, houses some fine masterpieces of architecture and painting dating back to the 12th-17th centuries. The castle is currently being renovated, and is open to the public on the occasion of the Cultural Days.

Just like Quart, the village of Nus was established to serve as a stopping place along the Gaul road, as evidenced by Pilato Castle. Today, the remains – which once survived a fire – have been renovated and are open to visitors, who can climb a small stair up to the turrets.

You will then admire the imposing outline of Fénis Castle, which is situated on the opposite side of the River Dora on a defenceless hillock. The castle was owned by the prestigious Challant family, who later built an imposing defence system and adorned the castle with elegant pictorial decorations as a symbol of power and prestige.

In the section of trail from Chambave to Cly Castle, near Saint-Denis, the sides of the mountain are covered with verdant vineyards. Built above the village of Chambave, its history is made of glory, neglect and restored beauty; today, thanks to the cultural association “Il maniero di Cly”, the castle is home to historical pageants and events that celebrate the medieval and Celtic era.

Thirteen halls of Gamba Castle in Châtillon house a regional collection with more than 150 works of art - including paintings, sculptures, installations and photo collections spanning from the late 19th century to the present day. The castle is surrounded by an English garden that covers an area of over five hectares, and hous- es about one hundred and fifty tree species, including monumental trees.




Church of Saint Christophe

Castello di Quart

  Quart Castle was founded between 11th and 12th centuries, and once controlled the fiefdom of Quart. It has been restructured seveal times. It came into the hands of the Savoys in 1377, and was subsequently transferred to other owners before being abandoned. The rEgional Authority is today taking responsibility for its restoration. The village below the castle has Roman origins.  




Fenis Castle

Ussel Castle, Châtillon