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Background History

Background History

Since ancient times, the Great St Bernard Pass has played a fundamental role in linking the north and the south of Europe. It has been crossed by Roman legions, barbarian tribes, Saracens, Emperors of the Holy Roman Empire, Popes, crusaders and Napoleon Bonaparte's forces.
Nowadays, modern connections to Europe are guaranteed by the Great St Bernard Tunnel.

Construction work began on the Italian side in spring 1958, and soon after on the Swiss side. In less than six years the Italian concessionary firm SITRASB S.p.A. and the Swiss TGSB SA, to whom construction and subsequent administration were awarded, built the tunnel itself, the approach roads from either side, the toll stations at the tunnel entrances where infrastructure facilities are located, including the customs offices and police stations.


When inaugurated on 19th March 1964, it was the first road traffic tunnel to be opened through the Alps.

Photo Gallery

Foto storica Tunnel del Gran San Bernardo | Tecnici direzione lavori

Foto storica Tunnel del Gran San Bernardo | Sala comando sud

Foto storica Tunnel del Gran San Bernardo | Vettura d'epoca

Foto storica Tunnel del Gran San Bernardo | Interno galleria

Foto storica Tunnel del Gran San Bernardo | Inaugurazione

Foto storica Tunnel del Gran San Bernardo | Avanzamento galleria

Foto storica Tunnel del Gran San Bernardo | Costruzione ponte

Foto storica Tunnel del Gran San Bernardo | Campata avanzamento

Foto storica Tunnel del Gran San Bernardo | Centine armatura

Foto storica Tunnel del Gran San Bernardo | Camino di ventilazione centrale

Foto storica Tunnel del Gran San Bernardo | Avanzamento galleria

Foto storica Tunnel del Gran San Bernardo | Avanzamento galleria

Operating companies

Info 24h / 24h

Sala Controllo Sud
+39 0165 78 09 02

SISEX SA
Italia:11010 - St-Rhémy-en-Bosses
Telefono +39 0165 78 09 49
E-mail: info@letunnel.com

Salle Contrôle Nord
+41 (0)27 788 44 00


Suisse:1946 Bourg-Saint-Pierre
Téléphone +41 (0) 27 787 12 06
Fax +41 (0) 27 787 12 19

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