Yep, here we go again. Save the date on your calendar, here comes Art Basel Hong Kong right around the corner. Art Basel has a pretty good spread across the globe at this point, of course the annual in Basel Switzerland itself, the somewhat iconic although over rated Art Basel in Miami for all of […]
We got really excited when we had heard that the supposed location of Hannibal’s crossing of the Alps had more or less been confirmed due to the excellent abilities of archeologists digging up horse and possibly elephant poop and then dating it to around 200 BC. Pretty awesome. So we decided it would be fun if we tried to figure out if at all possible that one could do the trip themselves.
Making The Crossing
As you could probably figure, yes, you could make the crossing yourself is you happen to be the hiking type and love the rugged terrain of the Alps, it’s a great idea and once in a lifetime, but it’s not for everyone. How about driving the trail? There are no roads. The best that we can discern is that if you wanted to make the crossing you’re not going to be able to do the exact path, but you can take a reasonably accurate set of roads through the various national parks that litter the area, and trust us, it’s a magnificent journey.
Starting in France you need to get yourself to the Parc Naturel Regional du Queyras, which is of course in the south eastern part of the country. The best launching off point is from Château-Ville-Vieille, which by the way the castle there, Fort Queyras, is for sale. From there you are going to take the D205T south through the park where you will eventually cross in to Italy at Col Agnel. The French road, becomes the SP251 which you will follow through to Casteldelfino and pick up the 105, which then becomes the 8. Once you get to Piasco you’re going to have to make a decision, whether you want to head back up north towards Turin or continue meandering south to the water. If it’s the Mediterranean blue you’re craving, then point yourself towards Savona and pick up the coast.
Having Crossed The Alps
While not a particularly long drive, it’s maybe 4 hours tops if you go straight through, with a couple stops along the way for photo ops and a quick meal it might be 6 hours. Once you’re done though you can safely actually say, that you more or less followed Hannibal’s path through the Alps and give yourself an awesome pat on the back.