B- The Walser people and their arrival in Gressoney


The Walser people are of Germanic origin. They are descendants of the Alemanni, who moved from the Swiss canton of Vallais to the Lys Valley more than 1,000 years ago. Some of the Swiss inhabitants decided to live on the other side of the mountain, that is how they came to live on the Italian slopes of Monte Rosa. My ancestors founded the towns of Gressoney, Issime and Niel in the muncipality of Gaby.
The term Walser came into being when the Alemanni arrived in the canton of Vallais. The inhabitants of the Upper Vallais were called ‘Vallesani’ in Italian, but in German they were called ‘Walliser’, later the German word was abbreviated to ‘Walser’.


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