a potted history
The Salt Road has run from Nice to Piedmont since the Middle Ages. The mule path became an essential trading route and made Tende a key location. Bags of salt from the Camargue salt marshes were loaded onto mules’ backs to transport it to Tende where the mounts were swapped for Tende mules, famous for their strength and resilience in the face of tiring long journeys.
Tende mule drivers lived off the regulated transport of people and goods on the Col de Tende road for centuries. The “mountain pass men” managed traffic and got rich from road users with as many as 46,000 mule drivers a year from Nice in the late 17th century!