CERVINIO and SAINT VINCENT
The old Italian mountain settlement of Breuil was re-named Cervinia by the fascists in the 1930s after Italy built one of the world's first high-altitude purpose built ski centres there in the early '30s. The reason for the name change was that it sounded too French, and had no reference to Monte Cervinio - the magnificent mountain above, known as 'The Matterhorn' to English speaking folk.
Saint Vincent is a small town with modern appearance but preserves precious evidence of the past. A stop at the roman bridge is a must, of which remains a particular type of prop which perhaps indicates the origins of this town.
The Fons Salutis in the park still distributes water that contains "bicarbonate-sulphate-sodium-magnesia". Water that locals believe to be "miraculous for illnesses of the liver and gall-bladder".
Snow is still so very white up here in the middle of June!! An easy hike up from the village of saint vincent takes you close to these snow packs....