The pass of Mont Cenis knows his best period between the thirteenth and eighteenth centuries, the main commercial route between Italy and France, was constantly kept open during the winter thanks to the ongoing work of the inhabitants of the mountain villages in exchange for privileges, they kept joke the track and marked the path in the snow piling.
The route through the pass was called by various names over time, from the most common way "Romea" in the street "Lombard" or "pilgrim" in the road "of ancient Gaul", via "Franchigena" and finally "royal road ".
Men who for lots of money will provide for the transport of persons and materials, using rudimentary sedans and mules, were called "MARRON" and both Novalesa that Lanslebourg, accompany the travelers through the pass, the ascent was always very tiring and lasted several hours driving, but the descent was fast and intoxicating, enough even in winter only 10 minutes to get off the Lanslebourg hill, but it was necessary to have courage to sit on "Ramassés" rough and rugged slides, a sort of taboga other times, the name derives from the fact that once these slides were simply bundles of branches.
At Novalesa and Lanslebourg, the starting places of the crossing, between the sixteenth and the eighteenth century there was a revival of hotels, inns and taverns where travelers could stop and wait for the best time for the crossing.
And yet one could find "coachbuilders" experts who carried out the disassembly and reassembly of coaches, to allow the transport, by mule, through the pass.
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