Aosta Valley and Piedmont by bike
To run through by bike one of the ways followed by the pilgrims toward Rome looking for the traces of ancient times: this is what wait those who will chose this journey rich of surprises and various and mutable landscapes; from the superb circle of the Alps which surround Aosta, elegant and noble city rich of Romans ruins, to the hills and morainics lakes in the zone of Ivrea with its Serra, unique phenomenon in Italy, from the rice fields of Vercelli, peopled with birds, to the gently plains of Lomellina where stands Vigevano with its splendid square, from the fluvial ambient of Ticino Park, for who loves nature, to come in the end to Pavia, with its Chartreuse plunged in the green land of Lombardy.
Day 1: Arrival in Aosta. Overnight stay.
Day 2: Aosta – Chatillon/Saint Vincent 35 km
Today there some easy ups and down while we descent through the Aosta Valley; we cycle on the right side of the river Dora, with the mountains on our side; pay some time to visit the castle of Fenis, one of the most beautiful of the region, before crossing the river to reach Saint Vincent with its famous Casino.
Day 3: Chatillon/Saint Vincent – Pont S. Martin 30 km
Still on undulating terrain, we cross the river a couple of times, descending towards the end of the valley. Along the route we can stop to visit the castle of Arnad and Donnas and the spectacular fortress of Bard; we pass on the route used by the ancient romans and we end the
day in Pont St. Martin with its marvellous roman bridge.
Day 4: Pont S. Martin – Ivrea – Lake of Viverone 51 km
Today we leave Aosta valley to enter the Piemonte region. The route is easier and we start to see some plain with the moraine hill of Ivrea on the background. Stop in Ivrea for a break and take some time to wander on its narrows middle age streets and visit the castle of the “Green Count”, before reaching the Lake of Viverone where you’ll spend the night.
Day 5: Viverone – Vercelli 55 km
We are in the middle of the plain, the route is flat. We cross many rice fields, which are typical of this region and looks like thousands of lakes when they are completely flooded insummertime.
The panorama is varied by the presence of the Partecipanza wood where is placed the abbey of Lucedio. Vercelli is a large town with many monuments to be seen; do not miss the Church of S. Andrea one of the most beautiful and best-preserved Romanesque monuments in Italy.
Day 6: Vercelli – Vigevano 40 km
Easy path still on the plain; today we leave Piemonte and arrive in Lombardia. We cycle through the “lomellina” a fertile plains where rice fields are still the predominant landscape. Along the route we encounter the battlefield of PAlestro where was fought one of the
independence wars of Italy. Our final destination is Vigevano with his Sforzesco Castle and the main square “Piazza Ducale”, designed by the famous renaissance architect Bramante.
Day 7: Vigevano – Pavia km 43
Easy path, most of it on the Ticino river natural park. Shortly after leaving Vigevano we encounter the Ticino River natural park, one of the best preserved in Italy; clear waters and shading trees lead us during this stage where we’ll cross a boat bridge. Before arriving in Pavia
we encounter the Certosa, north of the town, which deserve a stop to admire the church and the monastery.
The city of Pavia await us with its famous covered bridge over Ticino river and the middle age historical centre.
Day 8: Pavia.
End of the journey after breakfast.
day option (June, July and August only): you can add one night in Aosta, to go up to
San Bernardo pass and cycle back to Aosta
1st day: Individual Arrive in Aosta. Overnight stay.
2nd day: Aosta – San Bernardo pass – Aosta km 40 approx.
Transfer in the morning to San Bernardo pass at 2400 m a.s.l., where you can visit the Museum of the Hospice Saint Bernard; then you’ll enjoy a spectacular bike descent that will bring you back to Aosta. Overnight in Aosta