Great St Bernard Pass
Great St Bernard Pass
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Great Saint Bernard Pass, Italian Colle del Gran San Bernardo, French Col du Grand-Saint-Bernard, one of the highest of the Alpine frontier passes, at 8,100 feet. It lies on the Italian-Swiss border east of the Mont Blanc group in the southwestern Pennine Alps. The pass connects Martigny-Ville, Switzerland, in the Rhône River valley, with Aosta, Italy. The alpine crossing was a significant stretch of the pilgrim routes between north and south.
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Saint-Rhémy-en-Bosses is a scattered Italian town of 337 inhabitants in the upper valley of the Gran San Bernardo, in the northwestern Valle d'Aosta. The function of the inhabited center closest to the hill on the southern Alpine side has characterized Saint-Rhémy over the centuries. The Latin toponym is Endracinum: in Roman times an important mansion stood on the spot to control the road, while the villa of the dominus Baucius stood not far from the artery, on the hill.
Val Ferret is the name of the two separate valleys, departing from the Col Ferret on the border between Italy and Switzerland, on the southern and eastern sides of the Mont Blanc Massif. The Swiss valley drains northeastwards towards Orsières and on into the Rhône basin; whereas the Italian valley drains southwestwards towards Courmayeur and on into the Po basin. The two valleys are connected by a mountain footpath through Col Ferret which forms part of the 170 kilometres circular Tour du Mont
The Col Ferret is a mountain pass that connects Orsières in Valais with Courmayeur in the Aosta Valley, on the border between Switzerland and Italy, geographically joining the Val Ferret Switzerland with the Italian Val Ferret. This second pass is of particular importance because it separates the Western Alps from the Central Alps, as well as the Mont Blanc Massif from the much lower Grand Golliaz group.
The Elena refuge or, sometimes, Hélène refuge is a mountain refuge located in the Val Ferret Valdôtain, a side valley of the Aosta Valley, in the upper Valdigne, in the Mont-Blanc massif, at 2,062 meters above sea level. The refuge is at a place called Pré-de-Bar, at the bottom of the Val Ferret, on the route to the Col Ferret, which leads to Switzerland. According to legend, it is dedicated to a little shepherdess from Pré-de-Bar, Hélène.
The Grand Combin is a mountain massif in the western Pennine Alps in the canton of Valais. With its 4,314 metres highest summit, the Combin de Grafeneire, it is one of the highest peaks in the Alps and the second most prominent of the Pennine Alps. The Grand Combin is also a large glaciated massif consisting of several summits, among which three are above 4000 metres, Combin de Valsorey 4,183 m, Combin de la Tsessette 4,134 m. The highest part of the massif is wholly in Switzerland, although the
The Mont Fallère is located in the Alps Grand Combin in Valle d'Aosta. The mountain, as well as with the name of Mont-Fallère with which it is designated by the official cartography of the Valle d'Aosta Region, also appears without the hyphen or as Monte Fallere  or Monte Fallère. From the summit, you have a panoramic view of Mont Blanc, the Grand Combin, the Grivola, and many other mountains of the Graian Alps and the Pennine Alps.
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The canton of Valais is considered as one of the driest regions of Switzerland. The famous scenic rail route across the Furka Pass originates from this canton. It also includes one of the biggest tourist attractions in the Swiss mountains called Matterhorn.