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Col du Grand St-Bernard

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  • Fodor's Choice

Published 04/20/2014

Fodor's Review

Breasting the formidable barrier of the Alps at 8,101 feet, this pass is the oldest and most famous of the great Alpine crossings, and the first to join Rome and Byzantium to the wilds of the north. Used for centuries before the birth of Christ, it has witnessed an endless stream of emperors, knights, and simple travelers—think of Umberto Eco's Name of the Rose, with its two friars crossing on donkey in howling winter winds. Napoléon took an army of 40,000 across it en route to Marengo, where he defeated the Austrians in 1800.

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, Valais, Switzerland

Published 04/20/2014


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