via farncigena aosta ivrea
via farncigena aosta ivrea

Cycling on Via Francigena, from Aosta to Ivrea

Level
2
Distance
125 km
Duration
5 days | 4 nights
period
May Jun Jul Aug Sep
price from
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  1. Italy
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  3. Self-Guided
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  5. Tourcode ITSB185

Embark on an unforgettable journey along the Via Francigena, where every pedal stroke is a step deeper into a rich tapestry of experiences. 

Starting at the majestic Gran San Bernard Pass, straddling the Swiss-Italian border, you'll be treated to a mesmerizing panorama of crystalline lakes guarded by towering peaks reaching for the sky. Feel the wind as you freewheel down winding roads, descending into the ancient embrace of Aosta, a city steeped in Roman history and charm.

Following the path of the swift-flowing Dorea Baltea river, you'll traverse cycle paths and quaint stone-walled lanes, bidding farewell to the Aosta Valley's rugged beauty. Your journey unfolds against a backdrop of rolling hills, where every turn reveals a new wonder – be it a medieval castle perched on a hilltop, a serene chartreuse monastery, or the weathered ruins of ancient Rome.

But it's not just the sights that will captivate you; it's the flavors of Northern Italy that will truly enchant your palate. Indulge in the region's finest cuisine, savoring each bite of handmade pasta, freshly pressed olive oil, and exquisite wines that speak of centuries of tradition and craftsmanship.

And for those who crave more adventure, the journey doesn't have to end here. Extend your voyage to the historic city of Pavia, where ancient streets whisper tales of bygone eras and hidden treasures await around every corner.

So saddle up and let the Via Francigena guide you on a journey of epic proportions – where every mile brings you closer to the heart and soul of Italy's magnificent landscapes, culture, and cuisine.

Highlights

  • Breathtaking landscapes along the Via Francigena.
  • Indulge in Northern Italy's finest food and wine.
  • Roman ruins, medieval castles, and serene monasteries, each whispering tales of bygone eras
  • The option to continue the journey to the historic city of Pavia.

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Aosta

Arrive in Aosta

Welcome to Aosta, a historic Roman town nestled within a valley embraced by majestic mountains. Begin by immersing yourself in the serene ambience of the cloisters of Sant'Orso. Then, step back in time at the impressive Roman theatre, where echoes of ancient performances still linger in the air. As the day draws to a close, meander through the charming alleys of the town center, where every twist and turn reveals stunning vistas of towering peaks peeking over the rooftops. It's a captivating blend of history, culture, and natural beauty that sets the stage for the adventures yet to come.

 

Day 2

Transfer to Saint Bernard Pass and ride to Aosta, 40 km

Transfer to Saint Bernard Pass and ride to Aosta, 40 km

Today, a private transfer will whisk you to the majestic Great Saint Bernard Pass, where the first pilgrim hospice was established by Saint Bernard himself. From there, enjoy a breathtaking descent to Aosta along a panoramic road, passing through charming villages like Saint Rhemy and Etroubles, nestled amidst orchards and forests.

Distance: 40 Km

Ascent/descent: +103/-1270 m

Day 3

Ride from Aosta to Verrès, 50 km

Ride from Aosta to Verrès, 50 km

Continuing across the valley floor, the journey unfolds on a scenic cycle path tracing the tranquil River Dora, weaving past historic castles and verdant vineyards. A highlight awaits at the enchanting Saint Germain castle, where the imposing Midday tower stands as a testament to the noble De Mongioveto family's legacy of defense. As the route progresses towards Verrès, prepare to be captivated by the breathtaking vistas that unfold around every bend.

Distance: 50 Km

Ascent/descent: +230/-450 m

Day 4

Ride from Verrès to Ivrea, 35 km

Ride from Verrès to Ivrea, 35 km

As you venture into Piedmont, the majestic alpine landscape gradually transitions into the rolling hills that characterize the region. With ascents becoming gentler and height differentials less daunting, you'll find yourself traversing wood trails and picturesque towns like Ivrea, boasting a charming old town center and the iconic tower of Santo Stefano. Continuing your journey, you'll approach the imposing Serra of Ivrea, Europe's largest drift, before reaching the quaint village of Roppolo, where a warm and welcoming family-run bed and breakfast eagerly awaits your arrival.

Distance: 35 Km

Ascent/descent: +150/-280 m

Day 5

Arrivederci Via Francigena!

Arrivederci Via Francigena!

The trip ends after breakfast, unless you have booked extra nights or other optional services with us. 

Optional: It is possible to longer the Via Francigena cycling trip to Pavia.

Details

Included


What is included

  • 4 Nights in double room in *** hotels , agriturismi and inns with breakfast
  • Luggage transportation from hotel to hotel
  • Travel App
  • 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
  • Bisits 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
  • Cancellation insurance
  • Transfers to reach the starting location or to leave the arriving location of the tour, which will be quoted on request.

 

Accommodation


We work with 3* hotels, B&Bs and farmhouses that reflect our way of experiencing travel: they are comfortable and characterful structures, which we choose one by one, managed by passionate and welcoming people.

Unless otherwise specified in the travel listing, all provide private en-suite rooms with breakfast included.

Below you see some examples of the facilities used for this trip, but keep in mind that they may vary based on availability in the period. We could therefore book for you structures different from those you see listed here, but of the same category and carefully chosen according to SloWays criteria.

Hotel Cecchin - Aosta
Essenza Hotel - Verrés
Hotel 3T

When to travel


The climate in North Italy is generally very mild with differences depending on the geography of the region, from coasts and valleys to the continental areas. The warmest months are generally July and August, with temperatures ranging from 23°C up to 30°C. The valleys can often seehigher temperatures and 38°C to 40°C is not uncommon, while June and September normally offer lovely warm weather. Of course there are always exceptions or dry spells that cause a few days to get really hot. Spring (April and May) and Autumn (October and November) are often dry with sunny days, but the chances of rain is higher then.

What to bring


Clothing and other items
You will need your regular walking/cycling gear, including some sort of reflective garment. For the evenings, smart outdoor style trousers (or shorts) are invaluable, as are quick-dry t-shirts. These can be washed easily and will dry overnight and still look good for sightseeing or having a drink in town.

Take as little as possible to avoid potentially lugging a heavy suitcase up three flights of stairs at the end of the day. Please be aware that laundromats (“Laverie”) are not common in rural areas, so plan to do handwashing of small items.

Lightweight walking shoes/ trainers
For wearing around towns & villages. They can also be a back-up pair.

Socks & underwear
Take only good quality socks with quick-dry and insulating qualities. Road test them before you go on the trip. Take a suitable quantity of underwear as washing facilities are limited.

Warm jacket, hat, gloves
Bring a fleece, Polartec or warm layers for the evenings especially in spring or autumn; be sure it is totally suitable for your needs.
A fleece jacket which blocks the wind (Wind-stopper) is the most preferable. In the summer months a lightweight jacket is suitable for evenings.
If you are cycling/walking in mountainous or coastal areas, even in the height of summer, the weather can change very quickly and unexpectedly and you should be prepared for fog, mist, rain, snow or hail at any time. Always take an extra layer with you, as well as a warm hat and gloves.

Waterproof jacket & trousers
If you are caught in heavy rain, with good waterproof clothing you should remain dry. Remember that most garments will lose their properties over time. Few will remain waterproof for more than five years and many deteriorate in three years or less. We recommend a rain jacket with a good hood and collar and waterproof or thermal walking/cycling trousers or tights.

Dress code
In general, you should wear suitable clothing when entering a church (in many places, it is considered unacceptable to go inside wearing shorts or a tank-top). We suggest that women carry a shawl to cover up bear shoulders or low-cut tops. It also comes in handy when your shoulders get sunburned!

It is considered inappropriate for men to go without a shirt / T-shirt (other than at the beach).

Trekking poles (adjustable)
Highly recommended. A pair works best, depending on what you are comfortable with. If you suffer from back or knee pain this should be considered essential. Remember to practise walking with your pole(s) on different types of terrain in the months preceding your trip.

Walking boots
The importance of good footwear cannot be stressed enough. Your boots should be sturdy and of good enough quality to handle all types of terrain. Lightweight boots, (cordura/leather boots) which have Gore-Tex or sympatex water-proofing are most suitable for this trip. They should provide good ankle protection and be well broken in. Waxing leather boots regularly prolongs their life.

Walking tops & trousers
We recommend walking trousers and shorts and quick-dry wicking t-shirts. These can be washed easily and will dry overnight and still look good for sightseeing or having a drink in town. Wicking T-shirts are fast drying, keep moisture away from your skin and are available at outdoor stores. You should also bring one pair of loose-fitting trousers to wear in cities and for evenings out, etc. Shorts or zip-off trousers are useful in warmer weather.

Practical info

How to arrive


On arrival:

From Turin (TRN), reach the central railway station, from where you can take a train to Aosta with two changes

From Milan (LIN or MPX), you can take a train to Aosta with two changes.

On departure:

From Ivrea, you can reach any Italian airport by train.

Train timetables are available on the website www.trenitalia.com.

Mobile App


Use the SloWays APP for iOS and Android smart phones in combination with the written documentation provided.

The App has the detailed tracks and maps that you can use offline and without roaming. Thanks to the phone’s internal GPS, you can check your exact position on the map, so you always know exactly where you are. It also helps you self-navigate you way while travelling. More information on how to use the App inside the roadbook documents.

The navigation features include:

  • Offline navigation. Mobile data not required after initial download
  • Accurate GPS tracks
  • Autorotation of the maps
  • Daily route summary and elevation chart
  • Panorama of the track and at street level
  • Alarm and vibration that alerts you in case you go off track.
  • Emergency SMS button with position coordinates
  • Possibility to record and take georeferenced photos of problems on route alerting fellow travelers
  • Hotel information
  • Points of interest along the way
  • Historical background

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