European heritage worth safeguarding
A cultural itinerary over 2000 km long
“The Waldensian and Huguenot Roads” are a network of paths across France, Italy and Switzerland (particularly in the Dauphiné and Piedmont areas), which follow the footsteps of 17th century Protestants fleeing religious persecutions. It brings together institutional and private partners from Switzerland, Italy, Germany and France.
The itinerary is certified by the Council of Europe as an official “European Cultural Route”, and It not only allows the visitor to discover the heritage of the exiles and their economic and social history, but also leads to the discovery of breathtaking landscapes and numerous cultural and gastronomic delights.
The route, which covers more than 2,000 km, is nowadays considered as “European heritage to be safeguarded”, and is considered by the Council of Europe as, “a vehicle for communication and cultural exchange between European nations and cultures, as a means of consolidating European identity”.
“Travelled almost entirely with friends… one of the best experiences of my life! The landscapes seen and the people met were worth all the effort spent!”
“After the initial fatigue, and overcoming the first difficulties, this is a path within everyone’s reach, and one which I dream of repeating, and that I recommend to everyone!”
“Honestly, I thought I would get to Saluzzo and then have to ask someone to come and pick us up… The weather was expected to be that bad – there was even a red alert for windstorms and hailstorms! And then there were… the various unforeseen events, like a flat tyre! How on earthe were we going to manage? But in theend everything went smoothly andit was a great experience!”