Via Francigena Cycling from Aosta to Parma

Italy
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Self-Guided
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Via Francigena Cycling from Aosta to Parma

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From $1,250USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

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Highlights

Discover the Via Francigena on this 10-day self-guided cycling tour

Cycle the Saint Bernard Pass, high in the stunning mountains of northern Italy.

Follow the Via Francigena past rugged peaks and into deep alpine valleys.

Ride past Piedmont’s fairytale palaces and scenic vineyards.

Dine on local delicacies from this gastronomically renowned region.

The Via Francigena Cycling from Aosta to Parma tour is an exciting cycling journey from the far reaches of northern Italy along the Via Francigena, crossing awe-inspiring castles, valleys, and mountains as you journey to Parma.

This stage of the Via Francigena begins in Aosta, a Romanesque town in a picturesque valley. Riding through the Saint Bernard Pass is stellar, and you’ll be wrapped in mountains as you descend to enchanting alpine villages.

Following the River Dora is blissful as the flowing water follows you to the Piedmont Hills. Cycling through rice fields, you can relax a bit before crossing the Po River valley to a stunning town with architecture commissioned by Leonardo da Vinci.

Then, the Via Francigena follows the beautiful Ticino river deep into nature, where you can take a moment to sunbathe on the warm beaches next to the water. The vibrant city of Pavia will welcome you with bustling streets and great restaurants, where you can indulge in local wine and cheese before riding through to Parma.

Spend the last leg of the Via Francigena Cycling from Aosta to Parma tour exploring ancient churches and sampling the region’s fine food. This tour is an unforgettable chance to cycle the Via Francigena through some of Italy’s most incredible mountains and valleys, so book soon!

Via Francigena Cycling from Aosta to Parma Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Aosta

Start your cycling tour of the Via Francigena in Aosta, a town nestled into an imposing mountain valley. The town is filled with remnants of the Romans, so peek through theatres, snap a photo of the Arch of Augustus, and revel in the peaceful atmosphere.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Aosta
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 2 Saint Bernard Pass to Aosta

Start the day with a private transfer to the Saint Bernard Pass, which is surrounded by incredible mountain peaks. Here, Saint Bernard built the first pilgrim hospice in the area. Cycle down to Aosta with staggering views rushing past you the entire way, mountains giving way to orchards, woods, and charming alpine villages.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Aosta
Distance
40 km, 103m elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast

Day 3 Aosta to Verres

Today’s cycling trip along the Via Francigena follows a valley floor, where you’ll ride along with the running water of the River Dora. Castles and vineyards fly by, and you can take a moment to stop at the Saint Germain castle to admire its impressive tower where guards used to defend the De Mongioveto family. Make yourself comfortable in Verres, which has wonderful views.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Verres
Distance
50 km, 230m elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast

Day 4 Verres to Roppolo

You’ll start the morning riding through the Piedmont hills, from trails running through the dense forest to rolling fields. Stop in Ivrea to grab a coffee to sip while admiring the tower of Santo Stefano. Then, ride along to the impressive Serra of Ivrea and reach Roppolo, where you can rest your legs in a quaint B&B before finding a hearty Italian dinner to enjoy.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Roppolo
Distance
54 km, 370 m elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast

Day 5 Roppolo to Vercelli

Ride into unique landscape today as you cross rice fields, which makes for an interesting and relaxed day of cycling. Stop by the Bosco della Participanza (Wood of Community) where the locals take care of all the trees together. Try the tasty local Panissa for dinner.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Vercelli
Distance
41 km, 35m elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast

Day 6 Vercelli to Vigevano

Start today’s portion of your cycling tour from Aosta to Parma with a ride along the Po River, where crossing along to the Ticino River marks your arrival in Lombardy. In this region during the Renaissance, Duque Ludovico Sforza ruled. He commissioned Leonardo da Vinci to design the town’s gorgeous central square, so make sure you spend some time admiring it. There are plenty of great terraces and patios to relax around it, so you can enjoy your dinner in this special spot.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Vigevano
Distance
54 km, 40m elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast

Day 7 Vigevano to Pavia

Today, ride along the fresh green banks of the Ticino River and into the beautiful, dense natural area surrounding it. Keep an eye out for squirrels and other wildlife! We recommend sunbathing for a bit on the riverbanks if it’s a warm day out before riding to Certosa di Pavia, a stunning monastic complex built many years ago. Then, you’ll arrive in Pavia, one of the gems of the Via Francigena. The historic center is lovely for a walk, and you’ll be surrounded by lively university students as you enjoy a gelato or dine on one of the terraces.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Pavia
Distance
42 km, 53m elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast

Day 8 Pavia to Piacenza

This leg of your cycling tour of the Via Francigena crosses the flood plain of the basso Pavese, where the unique landscape is shaped by water. Bid Lombardy goodbye as you cross to Emilia Romagna, a province known for great food, wine, and hospitality. At dinner tonight, make sure to order plenty of charcuterie and local Gutturnio wine!

Overnight Location
Hotel in Piacenza
Distance
5 hours, 13 km, 1134m elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast

Day 9 Piacenza to Parma

The final full day of your cycling trip to Parma is relaxed and flat. Make a stop in at Chiaravalle della Colomba, a Cistercian abbey with lovely carved wooden accents. Ride along the rolling Parma hills before finally making your arrival in Parma. This area boasts the largest number of PGI and PDO gastronomic products, which means you should definitely go all-out at dinner tonight!

Overnight Location
Hotel in Parma
Distance
98 km, 62m elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast

Day 10 Goodbye, Via Francigena!

Enjoy breakfast in Parma before the official end of your Via Francigena cycling tour. Rest your legs and travel safely home.

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Via Francigena Cycling from Aosta to Parma Tour Price and Dates

This self-guided cycling tour of the Via Francigena is always run as a custom tour for your group only, therefore the price depends on the season and whether you are staying in a single, double or a triple room.
The departure is available between April 1st and October 31st, at any day of the week. Prices below are per person:
Departures on April 1st - May 26th:

  • Price per solo traveller: $2,575USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travelers): $1,950USD
  • Price per person sharing a double/twin room: $1,575USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $1,250USD

Departures on April 1st - May 26th:

  • Price per solo traveller: $2,625USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travelers): $1,995USD
  • Price per person sharing a double/twin room: $1,595USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $1,275USD

Departures on April 1st - May 26th:

  • Price per solo traveller: $2,575USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travelers): $1,950USD
  • Price per person sharing a double/twin room: $1,575USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $1,250USD
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Accommodation on the Via Francigena Cycling from Aosta to Parma Tour

This tour is based in 3-star hotels and B&Bs. The hotels offer pleasant rooms with ensuite bathrooms and great locations. The standard rooms are of double occupancy. In some cases, accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other, comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
Solo travellers must pay a supplement that varies based on the season and the size of the group (please check Dates and Prices for more info). However, it’s sometimes possible to match single travellers up.

Hotel Cecchin in Aosta

Hotel Cecchin is right in the centre of Aosta, steps away from the Arch of Augustus. The rooms are cozy and the owners are lovely.

Relais St. Gilles in Verres

This hotel enjoys the peace of a valley bottom. The rooms are spacious and equipped with air conditioning, TVs, and free Wi-Fi.

B&B La Casa del Movimento Lento in Roppolo

This B&B is a vibrant meeting point for travelers, filled with guest books, photo albums, and trinkets to connect you to the travel stories of other guests. Rooms are comfortable and well-equipped.

Hotel Matteotti in Vercelli

Hotel Matteotti has a gym, a bar, and rooms are comfortable. They offer TV, air conditioning, and safes.

Locanda San Bernardo in Vigevano

This hotel offers great Wi-Fi, antique furniture, and coffee in the room. The breakfast is tasty and the staff is kind.

Hotel Excelsior in Pavia

Hotel Excelsior is centrally located, and the rooms are clean, spacious, and comfortable.

Euro Hotel in Piacenza

Euro Hotel is in an accessible location in Piacenza, close to downtown. Rooms are big, and offer air conditioning, mini bars, and free Wi-Fi.

Hotel Torino in Parma

Hotel Torino is right in the centre of town, just a few steps from Parma’s famous Regio Theatre. The rooms are clean and offer free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and TV.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s included in the Via Francigena Cycling from Aosta to Parma Tour?

Meals

9 breakfasts are included.

Accommodations

Accommodation for 9 nights is included.

Transportation during the Tour

This tour includes rental bike delivery and pick up, transfer on day 2 and luggage transfers on biking days. However, you are responsible for any transfers not mentioned here.

Also Included

  • Application with route notes
  • Maps and detailed information packs
  • 24/7 telephone guidance and support
  • Bike theft insurance
  • Via Francigena Passport

Not included

  • Bike rental
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunches and dinners or drinks and snacks not mentioned as ‘included’
  • Tourist taxes
  • Personal equipment

Optional Extras

  • Bike and biking equipment rental
  • Any additional nights before or after tour
  • Airport transfers

Frequenty Asked Questions about Via Francigena Cycling from Aosta to Parma

How hard is the Via Francigena Cycling from Aosta to Parma tour?

We rate this tour as a 4 / 5, mainly due to the final two days that include a day with a lot of climbing, and a day with almost 100km of riding. The rest of the tour is more moderate. This is a great tour for active cyclists who regularly ride 30-50 km and who have done days up to 100km.

Do I need a visa to travel to Italy?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Via Francigena Cycling from Aosta to Parma tour?

9 breakfasts are included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes. You will need to acquire travel insurance that covers walking/trekking. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Aosta to start this tour?

You can fly into Turin (TRN). It is recommended that you arrive in the morning or afternoon. From the Turin airport, take the train to Porta Susa. From there, take another train to Aosta. Train schedules can be found here.

I’ve never been on a self-guided trip! How does it work?

Self-guided travelling is not difficult! For many, it is a preferred type of travel as you are in charge of your own time and pace. You are provided all the information on which direction you need to go daily. In most cases, you don’t need to carry lots of things with you and can only carry your daypack, as your luggage will be picked up from your hotel daily in the morning and delivered to your destination hotel.

Is the Via Francigena Cycling from Aosta to Parma tour guided?

No, you will be provided with maps, route guides, notes, and 24/7 telephone support to complete your self-guided tour.

Where does the Via Francigena Cycling from Aosta to Parma trip end?

The tour ends in Parma, where you can take the train to Turin.

Are bike rentals included?

Bike rentals are not included, but they are available as an optional extra. You can rent road, hybrid, or electric bikes in addition to helmets and bike bags.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Italy?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Italy?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

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Tour Difficulty

We rate this tour as a 4 / 5, mainly due to the final two days that include a day with a lot of climbing, and a day with almost 100km of riding. The rest of the tour is more moderate. This is a great tour for active cyclists who regularly ride 30-50 km and who have done days up to 100km.


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