From the big parish of Naters and the alpine town of Brig, believers have been pilgrimages for centuries via the Simplon to Italy (Sacro Monte Calvario) and on to Novara (Fanziskusweg).
History has it that the Romans had already used the Simplon as an Alpine crossing. More than a thousand years later, in the late Middle Ages, the historical path between Brig and Gondo was developed by Kaspar von Stockalper into a mule track. The successful merchant was one of the great personalities of the Valais in the 17th century. In the late Middle Ages, numerous pilgrims, monks and churchmen travelled over the Simplon Pass, along with mule skinners and carters, merchants, scholars, jugglers and soldiers of war.