When the mountains were feared (1750-1800)
Travellers, whether merchants pilgrims or artists, have been crossing the alps for centuries. It is no pleasure to travel; it is difficult and dangerous. The Alps are a source of fear, and one is glad to leave them behind.
Falling rocks, landslides and avalanches make the roads unsafe. One can but pray. But pistols are more effective against highwaymen.
Places of refuge
The staging posts and inns are sanctuaries in the midst of hostile nature. Here, in return for ready cash,the traveller finds everything he needs: fresh horses, a replacement for a broken wheel and even help in dealing with toothache!