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Cycling on Via Francigena, from Aosta to Parma
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10 days
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Cycling on Via Francigena, from Aosta to Parma
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Cycling on Via Francigena, from Aosta to Parma

Cycling on Via Francigena, from Aosta to Parma - 10 days

The first part of the Via Francigena cycling itinerary takes you from the snowy peaks of Grand St. Bernard to the fertile Pianura Padana plain, cycling throughout the rolling Piedmont hills. Admire the unique scenery of the "Checkered Sea"  around Vercelli, take your time to sunbathe on the fluvial beaches, contemplate the Alps that dominate the scenery as you cycle in the valleys descending through orchards and woods.

At the end of each cycling day, reward yourself with foodie treats: each of the cities you will encounter on the way offer delights for the palate.

The Saint Bernard Pass is open from June to September: in the other months, the trip starts directly from Aosta.

Route
Day 1: Arrival in Aosta
Day 2: (transfer from Aosta to Grand St. Bernard) cycle to Aosta - 40 km
Day 3: From Aosta to Verres - 50 km
Day 4: From Verres to Roppolo - 54 km
Day 5: From Roppolo to Vercelli - 41 km
Day 6: From Vercelli to Vigevano - 54 km
Day 7: From Vigevano to Pavia - 42 km
Day 8: From Pavia to Piacenza - 75 km
Day 9: From Piacenza to Parma - 86 km
Day 10: Arrivederci Parma!

Day 1:    Arrival in Aosta

Your adventure begins in Aosta, ancient roman centre in the middle of a valley surrounded by the Alps. Admire the medieval capitals in the cloister of St Orso, and visit the impressive roman theatre. At the end of the day, stroll through the streets of the town centre, looking at the alpine peaks that appear over the roofs of the historical houses.

Day 2:    (transfer from Aosta to Grand St. Bernard) cycle to Aosta - 40 km

Today, a transfer will take you to the snowy peaks of the Saint Bernard pass, where Saint Bernard himself built the first pilgrim hostel. You will then descent to Aosta on a panoramic path with breathtaking views. You will first follow a provincial road, then you will continue through forests and orchards as you cross beautiful villages such as Etroubles and Saint Rhemy.

Day 3:    From Aosta to Verres - 50 km

The itinerary continues across the valley floor, on the cycle path that runs along the River Dora, through castles and vineyards. Along the way you encounter the enchanting Saint Germain castle, with its imposing Midday tower that used to defend the noble De Mongioveto family. From here the itinerary continues to Verrès through breath-taking views. 

Day 4:    From Verres to Roppolo - 54 km

Entering in Piedmont, the alpine scenery gives way to the gentle Piedmont hills, as ascents and height differences become less and less challenging. You alternate wood trails to typical towns such as Ivrea, with its nice old town centre and the tall tower of Santo Stefano. Continuing the ride you arrive close to the imposing Serra of Ivrea, the biggest European drift, until the nice village of Roppolo where a cozy, family-run bed and breakfast awaits you.   

Day 5:    From Roppolo to Vercelli - 41 km

Today you enter the area of rice fields, which get flooded from March to May, creating a landscape of great fascination. The leg is easy and enjoyable, and you exit the philological itinerary of Via Francigena to visit the Bosco della Participanza (Wood of Community), whose name originates from the fact that the locals have been taking care of the wood together. If you appreciate local dishes, try the Panissa!

Day 6:    From Vercelli to Vigevano - 54 km

Crossing the fertile plains of the Po river valley you leave Vercelli, the Sesia river, the vast rice fields and the region of Piemonte. As you reach the Ticino river you enter Lombardy region. During the renaissance Duque Ludovico Sforza ruled this land and it is said he commissioned Leonardo da Vinci to design Vigevano’s beautiful central square. Mingle with the locals as you relax at one of the outdoor terraces on the square. Today’s ride is flat and relaxing giving you ample time to visit this picturesque town. 

Day 7:    From Vigevano to Pavia - 42 km

The green way of the Ticino River, among the most important in Italy, lets you immerse in a savage nature, and if the weather is good you may even sunbathe on the beaches or meadows near the river, looking out for great tits and squirrels that run through the trees. You then leave the river to visit the Certosa di Pavia, beautiful monastic complex built in the XIVth century, before arriving to Pavia, one of the “pearls” of Via Francigena: we suggest you end your journey with a nice visit to the wonderful historic center, and discovering the young soul of the city with an aperitiv in Piazza della Vittoria, animated by university students.

Day 8:    From Pavia to Piacenza - 75 km

This part takes you through the flood plain of the basso Pavese, with its typical flood terraces.  You reach the ford of Sigerico, the “transitum Padi”, where walking pilgrims are transported to the other bank: the cycling itinerary allows you to cycle along the river Po until Piacenza, entering gate to Emilia Romagna, a land of great hospitality famous for its food and wine delicacies. Here you will be able to taste the famous charcuterie, washed down with a glass of  Gutturnio wine, and pass through the Porta del Paradiso to discover the Romanesque interiors of the Basilica.

Day 9:    From Piacenza to Parma - 86 km

Today’s quiet, flat leg leads you to Parma: along the way do not miss a visit of the Cistercian abbey of  Chiaravalle della Colomba, where you can stand in thought for a few minutes   in the silence of the cloisters or admire the carved wooden interiors of the church. The ride continues among the Parma hills, a foretaste of Tuscan mountains, until arriving to the final point of your trip: Parma, the Italian province boasting the largest number of PDO and PGI gastronomic products. A great place to celebrate the end of your trip! 

Day 10:    Arrivederci Parma!

Our services end after breakfast, unless you have booked any additional services with us.

Have a safe trip home!

 

accommodation
Hotel Cecchin - Aosta

Hotel Cecchin*** is located in the historic center of Aosta, a few steps from the Arch of Augusto and monuments that characterize the city. It born in 1982 on the Roman Bridge, along the Via Francigena, from Roman building. 

www.hotelcecchin.com

Relais St Gilles - Verrés

The Hotel Relais St. Gilles is located in Verrès, in the tranquility of the low-lying valley. Rooms are well-furnished, spacious and clean and are equipped of these comfort: air conditioning, private bathroom, satellite TV and free Wifi. 

www.relaisstgilles.com

Casa del Movimento Lento - Roppolo

La Casa del Movimento Lento is a B&B and hostel for travellers, a place to get together and share experiences along the Via Francigena. Surrounded by the green hills of Piemonte that descend till the lake of Viverone, that you will be able to admire thanks to the panormaic psoition of this strucure. A B&B that has its familiar atmosphere as a strong point.

 

Hotel Matteotti - Vercelli

Hotel Matteotti lies just 300 meters from the town centre, close to the main points of interest. It has fifteen rooms, all quiet, ideal for a relaxing night after many kilometres on your bike. The interiors are bright and elegant.

http://www.hotelmatteotti.it/

Hotel Excelsior - Pavia

The Hotel Excelsior enjoys a central location, in the Railway Station Square, just a short walk from the historical centre of Pavia. Rooms are clean and spacious, but old-fashioned. Breakfast is normal and various. 

www.hotelexcelsiorpavia.com

Euro Hotel - Piacenza

Euro Hotel is located in a strategic position, on one of the main road of Piacenza, close to the city center. Rooms are old-fashioned, but clean and spacious with air conditioning, mini bar, TV and satellite TV with international channels, direct dial telephone, free Wifi. Breakfast is rich and various.

www.eurohotelpiacenza.it

Hotel Torino -Parma

Hotel Torino*** is situated in the historical centre of Parma, just in front of the famous Teatro Regio, 200 metres from the Dome, Battistero and Piazza Garibaldi. Rooms are clean and warm, wi-fi is free, air conditioning, tv, telephone. Breakfast is really good, and varied too. Welcoming staff.

www.hotel-torino.it

practical info
Included

What is included

· Nights in double room in **/*** hotels , B&B and agriturismi with breakfast

· luggage transportation from hotel to hotel

. transfer from Aosta to Grand St Bernard

· maps and detailed description of the itinerary

·  Pilgrim Passport

· Medical and luggage travel insurance

· 24h phone assistance

 

What is not included 

. Transfers to the starting location and from the arriving location of the tour

· lunches and dinners, if not otherwise stated.

· visits and entrance fees - tips

· personal expense

· possible sojourn taxes

· everything that is not mentioned in the "What is included" section. 

 

Optional Services

These services can be added to the ones included in the base price of the tour:

· Single room supplement

· Half Board supplement

· Bicycle rental

· Transfers to reach the starting location or to leave the arriving location of the tour, which will be quoted on request.

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