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Via Francigena first stage-Cycling from Aosta to Parma
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Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
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ITSB180
Pilgrimage Cycling
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Via Francigena first stage-Cycling from Aosta to Parma

Via Francigena first stage-Cycling from Aosta to Parma

Via Francigena first stage

  • The Saint Bernard Pass, the Italian gateway to the Via Francigena
  • Towering alpine peaks and deep valleys
  • Piedmont’s unique landscape with fairytale castles and vineyards;
  • Parma the foodie’s mecca
  • The 14th-century Chartreuse of Pavia, one of Italy's largest monasteries

 

From Aosta to Pama cycling map
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Route

The rides follow mostly well asphalted country roads and secondary roads. Near larger towns, the roads are more trafficked.

Day 1: Arrival in Aosta
Day 2: Transfer to Saint Bernard Pass and ride to Aosta
Day 3: Ride from Aosta to Verres
Day 4: Ride from Verres to Roppolo
Day 5: Ride from Roppolo to Vercelli
Day 6: Ride from Vercelli to Vigevano
Day 7: Ride from Vigevano to Pavia
Day 8: Ride from Pavia to Piacenza
Day 9: Ride from Piacenza to Parma
Day 10: Arrivederci Via Francigena!

Day 1:    Arrival in Aosta

 The journey starts in Aosta, a Roman town located in a valley surrounded by mountains. Here you can contemplate the medieval capitals in the silence of the cloisters of Sant’Orso, or visit the impressive Roman theatre. To end the day, we recommend you take a walk through the alleys of the centre, admiring the high mountain peaks that appear over the roofs of the houses.

 

Day 2:    Transfer to Saint Bernard Pass and ride to Aosta

 Today a private transfer will take you to the jagged peaks of the Great Saint Bernard Pass, where the same Saint Bernard built the first pilgrim hospice: from here you will descend to Aosta along a panoramic road with breath-taking views, pedalling first on a State Road and then through orchards and woods, crossing enchanting villages such as Saint Rhemy and Etroubles.  

 

Day 3:    Ride from Aosta to Verres

 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:    Ride from Verres to Roppolo

 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:    Ride from Roppolo to Vercelli

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:    Ride from Vercelli to Vigevano

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. Migle 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 pictureque town

 

Day 7:    Ride from Vigevano to Pavia

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:    Ride from Pavia to Piacenza

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:    Ride from Piacenza to Parma

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 Via Francigena!

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

 

accommodation

All accomodations are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite.

We choose comfortable 3* hotels, farmhouses and B&Bs where all rooms have private en-suite bathroom.

You can find below the standard hotels of this trip. If a hotel is fully booked, then we will book a similar one for you and inform you about the alternative booked. 

Extra overnight:

You can book additional night(s) at any of the accommodations along the way.

practical info

You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between April and October.

The closest airports are Turin (TRN), Milan (MXP and LIN) and Geneva (GVA)

From any airport, get to the closest railway station. Torino, Milano and Geneva are all connected to Aosta by train (not direct).

On departure from Parma, you can reach Torino, Milano and Geneva by train.

Check train timetables on www.trenitalia.com.

Customized ELIOS, Aluminium bike

  • Shimano Deore gears
  • Shimano V-brake
  • suspension: RST, lock out

 

Bianchi Sempre Pro

  • race bike
  • 22 gears, Campagnolo Athena
  • suspension: carbon fork

E-BIKE Customized Peugeot

  • Shimano Deore gears
  • Shimano V-brake
  • suspension: RST lock out

GPS tracks are available on request.

included

Included

  • 9 Nights in selected B&Bs, hotels and agriturismo
  • 9 Breakfasts
  • Bike assembly, delivery to Aosta, theft insurance, disassembly and collection from Parma (with delivery to Lucca)
  • Private transfer (+bikes) from Aosta to Passo Gran San Bernardo on DAY 2
  • Luggage transfer DAY 3 to DAY 9
  • Detailed information pack, route notes and maps with tracks on
  • 24/7 telephone support 

Not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Bike rental
  • Helmet
  • rRear bags 
  • Travel to Aosta and from Parma
  • Trains or busses wherever necessary
  • Lunches & Dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment

Extras

  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk
  • Bike rental: hybrid bike with fron bag + map holder, odometer
  • Helmet
  • Rear bags (32€ per bike and tour; 4€ per extra cycling day) 
  • Single Room Supplement(s)
  • Solo Traveller Supplement
  • Transfer from airport to Aosta
  • Transfer from Parma to airport
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