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Cycling and e-biking routes: in the Aosta Valley you'll be spoilt for choice

There is more than just winter skiing on some of Italy's most beautiful peaks; there are also sports that you can enjoy all year round.

10 October 2022

3 minutes

This is Valle D'Aosta, the ideal destination for those who love outdoor sports, from hiking to two-wheel trails. With its 1,000 km of itineraries including dirt tracks and asphalt roads, cycling in the Aosta Valley is ideal for those who love to pedal with a breathtaking view of lakes, rivers, waterfalls, and small villages where you can stop for refreshments with excellent local products.

You can choose more daring mountain bike routes or opt for ebike trails, selecting the itinerary best suited to your level of fitness. Maybe enjoy it at the weekend after a long work week. Or at the end of the day, if you have chosen the Aosta Valley as your destination for autumnal smart working. Fresh air, foliage, mountains all around, and a different trip every day on your electric bike: it sounds like a dream come true!

1. A loop from La Thuile for 75 km of beauty

la thuile

Start from La Thuile if you feel fit and ready to tackle 75 km of beauty. You will pass through Colle Piccolo San Bernardo and La Rosaiere, a mixed route that also includes unsurfaced sections and some technical stretches.

2. Start from Quart for one of the most beautiful cycling itineraries in the Aosta Valley

quart

Shorter, but no less demanding, is the loop route that starts from Quart. 37 km of mostly asphalted roads suitable for all levels of ability, requiring about three hours of cycling. It will be worth it: Quart is made up of many small villages scattered throughout the green countryside, and you can even visit a mediaeval castle and a Neolithic necropolis.

3. Easy and suitable for everyone, the bike route in the protected area of Les Iles

les iles

An easier and more accessible route that is accessible to everyone is the trail through the Les Iles protected area, starting from Aosta. This too is a circular route, on mostly asphalted surfaces. It is 25 km long and takes an hour and a half, during which you cross a wetland area, a refuge for migratory birds.

4. The Val d'Ayas is suitable for everyone

val d'ayas

For a ride in the saddle amidst castles and forests, the best route is through the Val d'Ayas. Starting from Torrettaz along an 11-km trail, you will reach Ru d'Arlaz, crossing forests, pastures and villages that are frozen in time, as views open up over the valley. This is a wide, beaten and almost entirely flat bike route, also suitable for families.

5. From Aosta to Saint Vincent, enjoying castles and picnics

sant vincent

The route is almost entirely on a cycle path and roads with very little traffic. It starts from the town and heads towards the village of Saint Vincent in the direction of Pila. As you cross green fields, majestic mountains rise up before you.

If you feel like a break, stop at Challant Castle in Fenis for a visit, or at a picnic area between Chambave and Pontey. The total route is about 80 km round trip, but you could choose to cover only a part of it and take the train back to Aosta.

6. Pila, pedalling along high altitude trails

pila

Pila offers so many trails that there is something for everyone. The routes range from 2700 metres above sea level to 600 metres (where Aosta is located), all surrounded by magnificent scenery. One of the most beautiful trails is known as Desarpa Bike. It winds through alpine pastures and meadows and reaches a vantage point at 2700 metres, where the Couis chairlift comes in. Stop for lunch in a mountain hut before returning back down, enjoying the view of the nearby Cogne valley.

7. On two wheels in Val Ferret, in search of a photo of Mont Blanc

val ferret

The most beautiful route, which is suitable for everyone due to its gentle gradients, runs along the Dora Baltea. It starts from Planpincieux, passes through Lavachey and then heads towards Arnouva along the valley floor. The final destination is the Elena mountain hut, a real must in Val Ferret. The route is partly asphalted and partly off-road: from several points you can take photos of Mont Blanc.

The Aosta Valley by bicycle is more than a mere destination, it is an enchanting place set to charm you.