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Circuit l'Ain à vélo n° 27 - Valromey: the Roman valley?

Sport, Cycling sports, Cycle tourism route in Talissieu
44.0 km
4h
Hard
  • The story goes that in the first half of the 20th century, Valromey was a literary Mecca: Maurice Renard, Louis Aragon, Paul Claudel and Gertrude Stein all stayed here.

  • They received many visitors, including painters, who were often seduced by the extraordinary luminosity of this "English garden of a hundred square leagues", as Brillat-Savarin described it... The etymology of the name Valromey has been the subject of much debate among historians, and even today, two main versions are in conflict: In medieval dialect, we find the name Veromè: scholars of the time saw it as the Latin translation of "Vallis Romana": the Roman valley. For many historians,...
    They received many visitors, including painters, who were often seduced by the extraordinary luminosity of this "English garden of a hundred square leagues", as Brillat-Savarin described it... The etymology of the name Valromey has been the subject of much debate among historians, and even today, two main versions are in conflict: In medieval dialect, we find the name Veromè: scholars of the time saw it as the Latin translation of "Vallis Romana": the Roman valley. For many historians, however, this translation is erroneous, as the Latin vallis has always been translated into French as vaux... The other theory put forward by contemporary historians is based on inscriptions found at Vieu: "Vernetonimagus", in which we find the following roots:
    Ver: reinforcing prefix
    Nemeton: the temple (there was a temple dedicated to the sun god at Vieu)
    Magus: the market.
    The whole could be translated as "the market of the great temple", which would have been transformed over the centuries into Veromè: Pays de Vieu. The debate remains open...

    The Ain cycling loops are currently being modified, and a new signposting system will be in place once the changes are complete.
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