To Know

Riding in Italy

Italy is renowned for its many features, its culture, food, history and so much more.


After travelling a bit around the world though, after having touched different cultures, we realised how not clear the requirements for approaching Italy can be at times!

WHAT DO YOU NEED THEN?
What should you think about before entering our beautiful country?

Here is a quick selection of tips that can help whoever decides do spend a riding holiday in Italy
(MAINLY towards NON EU citizens…but can be helpful anyway!)

COVID-19

Official infos by the Italian Government.

Health & Insurance

Mandatory documents and Insurance.

Travel to Aosta

How to reach us.

Tech & Fitness

Know your riding.

Policies

Our terms and Insurance.

Ship your Bike

Discover how you can send your bike to us.

Traveling to Italy during Covid-19

Getting to Italy

Moving from a foreign country to Italy during Covid-19 times seems harder than it actually is. There can be different motivations why you’d like to get here: tourism, work, duties, etc. but as long as you follow the rules and have the few documents needed, you’ll be good to go.
It is very important to gather information from the official sources and the italian government website is the right one.
Check this link for the official infos.

Once in Italy

Rules change and evolve together with the unravelling of the situation. Same as most of other countries. It is vital to respect the rules in order to prevent the spread of the virus at all costs and being thoroughly updated on the state of the law is a key part of that. A 10pm-5am curfew remains in place nationwide, and all non-essential travel between regions is banned. Public transport is still running, including long-distance trains, though some routes may be suspended or operating on reduced schedules. Check with your transport provider for details before departing. The dedicated section on this page (Riding in Italy?) might help. Our country is now divided into 4 different areas (Red, Orange, Yellow and White) that take different measures depending on specific risk indicators. Some regions can decide to take particular stricter measures. Here is what the colors stand for: Red zone
  • In addition to not being allowed to travel from one municipality to another, people in red zones are not allowed to move around within their own area unless for essential reasons, by either public or private transport.
  • You must justify any movements, including within your own municipality, using a self-declaration form.
  • You can only enter or leave an orange or red zone for urgent reasons, such as for work or health.
  • You cannot travel to any private home other than your own.
  • All schools in red zones are closed. Authorities may choose to enforce additional closures in orange zones.
  • Shops are closed except for those deemed essential, which include supermarkets and other food shops, tabacchi (tobacconists/newsagents), and pharmacies. Childrens’ clothes shops are also open.
  • Hairdressers and beauticians are closed.
  • All team sports activities are suspended (solo exercise such as running or walking is allowed).
  • Travel to a second home is allowed only if you can prove you had the right to enter the property (as owner or tenant) before January 14th 2021. This means new short-term rentals are not allowed, and you can’t stay with relatives. “The house of destination must not be inhabited by people not belonging to the family unit”, according to the health ministry.
  • Visits to relatives and friends are not allowed, even within your own municipality. Exceptions to this rules are made for Easter in red zones. You can move within the region between 5am and 10pm to visit friends and relatives, once a day. A maximum of two people, plus children under 14, are allowed to move in this way from April 3-5, the Italian health ministry confirmed in a statement.
  • The health ministry notes that individual regions or provinces may set their own additional restrictions on top of these national rules, and the details can be found on your local authority’s website.
Orange zone
  • In orange zones, you can only travel within your municipality (town) and it is forbidden to move between municipalities unless for essential reasons.
  • If you leave your municipality, or travel within it during the 10pm-5am curfew, you must complete a self-declaration form justifying your movements.
  • Bars, cafes, restaurants, pastry shops and other food businesses are closed.
  • Home delivery is still allowed, and takeaway is permitted until curfew at 10pm.
  • Museums and art galleries are closed.
  • All shops can remain open.
  • Hairdressers and beauticians can remain open.
  • Visits to the homes of family and friends outside your municipality are not allowed.
  • You can visit a second home within your region.
  • Schools remain open, but local authorities can order schools to close and to move learning online.
Yellow zone
  • In yellow zones, bars and restaurants can stay open until 6pm, including on Sundays. Takeaway service is allowed until 10pm for restaurants and until 6pm for bars, while there are no time limits for home delivery.
  • Museums reopen, but only on weekdays, therefore from Monday to Friday.
  • High schools can return to in-person teaching for 50 to 75 percent of classes.
  • For middle and elementary schools, face-to-face teaching continues, with masks required for children over six years old.
  • You can visit friends or relatives, but the following rules apply: You can travel to another private home in your region or autonomous province once a day between the hours of 5am-10pm. No more than two adult visitors are allowed, though children under 14 (from the same family) are not counted. Travel to reach second homes outside the region is permitted, regardless of the colour of the region of origin and the region of arrival. You will need documents proving ownership or residency, and a completed self-certification form.
  • Travel to return home or to a place of residence is allowed, regardless of zone.
  • Barbers and hairdressers are open in all zones.
  • Outdoor ‘motor activity’ exercise is allowed (e.g. jogging and walking) in all zones.

Check the link here to have the updated situation.

Going back to your country of origin

We strongly suggest to have a through look at the restrictions in place for your own country when travelling back from Italy. Some governments impose quarantine to their travelling citizens, some others don’t under certain circumstances. Take this component into account when planning your trip to Italy.

Health & Insurance

Emergency services

In case of an emergency in Italy you call 112 for the help of the police, fire department or ambulance service. Specific numbers can be dialed in case of a very specific emergency but the 112 will transfer you to the right one in no time. In case, those numbers will be listed to you during the mtb tour briefing.

In some regions, the app: Where Are You? is fully functional. When using that, the rescue center will be able to locate you straight way. We suggest to download it, just in case!

Health

  • Italy has no special health risks and vaccinations are not mandatory
  • Almost everywhere tap water is reliable drinking water. It often does not taste good because there is drinkable chemicals in it, especially in larger cities. Bottled water is also readily available in less populated areas. In most small town and even up in the mountains, it is likely to find fountains with drinkable water running.
  • The UV index and hours of sunshine can get pretty high in some times of the year. Therefore the use of sunscreen oil with a high factor is advised to prevent sunburn.
  • There are no deadly animals or plants in most parts of the country. There are some that might cause irritations or skin rushes.

Medicine

The medicines which are freely obtainable elsewhere can be bought with or without prescription in the Italy too. Ask your doctor if your prescribed medication contain drugs and, if necessary, take a medical certificate with you.

Health Insurance

EU citizens are provided with the EHIC (European Health Insurance Card). The EHIC, however, is not an alternative to travel insurance.

Medical treatment in Italy is expensive and hospitalisation is practically un-payable. Please check the terms and conditions of your health insurance for worldwide coverage before you go to the Italy. If not, then it is wise to have a temporary, supplemental health insurance.
We’ve been working for a long time with Global Rescue. They’ve provided our guests with some great, safe solutions for their holiday. Always wear your insurance certificate with you. Mainly when you’re out riding.

In case of hospitalisation it is advised to immediately notify your insurance company, so they can take care of the payment. Be sure to have the details (which hospital, which doctor, telephone number, etc.) at hand.

* Please note, these are our own suggestions. We are not responsible for any personal choices made.

Travel to Aosta

Hot to get here

Aosta is easily accessible by road from most of Europe, we are located at one of the most important historical routes through the Alps!

Turin (117Km)
Milan (164Km)
Genoa (226Km)

You can also approach the valley from the French and Swiss sides through the Mont Blanc and Grand Saint Bernard Tunnels, taking the main SS 26 and 27 roads, respectively or during the summer (between June and October) over the Piccolo and Grand Saint Bernard passes.

The nearest airports are: Milano Malpensa or Linate, Torino Caselle Geneva (switzerland)

Welcome

LA DOLCE VITA – Living the sweet life in Italy’s Aosta Valley

The city of Aosta is located about halfway down the central valley. Surrounded by mountains, it’s one of the biggest cities in the Alps, home to 36,000 residents including mountain people, artists, creatives, business people, students and more. “Between the panini sandwiches made with fresh buffalo mozzarella, the exemplary coffee around every corner, centuries old castles, friendly residents and a growing trail system, riders from around the world can experience la dolce vita in Valle d’Aosta.“

Mattias Fredriksson Photographer & Journalist

Technical & Fitness levels

We ask all riders to review the “Technical and Fitness Rating System” to ensure you are confident riding on the level required for the particular rides you are interested in joining!

Please read the following guidelines carefully to ensure the ride of interest matches your technical level and fitness prior to booking your ride.

TECHNICAL RATINGS

Novice You’re sporty and you’d like to give it a go! We’ll assess your capabilities and see if a mellow ride on dirt roads and some smooth single trails does you justice!
Intermediate
You own a mountain bike and ride two times per month and enjoy long rides on dirt roads. You’d like to better your skills on natural terrain get out there on the single trails.Intermediate +
Owning an MTB for quite some time and you ride a mix of dirt roads and single tracks. You try to ride as often as two times per week and you are moving into the hight mountain scenery.Advanced
The mountain calls and your bike is your trusty tool! Knowing your limits, you’re not afraid to face a challenge. You can deal with a natural mix of single trails with steep sections, some tight switch backs, off cambers, some roots and a couple rock gardens. You’ve ridden in the mountains, and when it’s better to get off the bike.Pro Bro
The radness attracts you! You’re a passionate Mountain Biker for years now and fond of the mountains. You understand the risk and know how to behave in difficult situations. Riding new alpine trails is cool because you know when to stop, look and assess the situation before dropping into something gnarly. Interested in big alpine tours and you’re cool with sleeping in mountain huts for two or three nights.

FITNESS RATINGS

1 You are capable of riding for multiple days in a row for an average of 2 hours of pedal time each day. You are capable of climbing up to 500 vertical meters in a day. Your exercise regime includes a combination of endurance training like riding a bike and strength training. 2 You are capable of riding in a day up to 4 hours of pedal time. You are confident climbing up to a total of 700 vertical meters in a day. Your exercise regime includes a combination of endurance training like riding a bike and strength training.3 You are capable of riding for multiple days in a row at a moderate pace for an average of 3-4 hours of pedal time each day. You could handle adding in a day requiring up to 5 hours of pedal time. You can handle moderately steep climbs of up to a total of 1000 vertical meters in a day including hike-a-bike sections of more than 10 minutes. Your exercise regime includes a combination of endurance training like riding a bike and strength training.4 You are capable of riding for multiple days for an average of 4-6 hours of pedal time each day. You can climb up to 1200 vertical meters each day for 2 days. You can push or carry your bike over long sections of steep technical trails (more than 20 minutes). Your exercise regime includes a combination of endurance training like riding a bike and strength training.5 You are capable of riding for multiple days in a row for an average of 6-8 hours of pedal time each day. You can handle steep, sustained climbs of up to 1,500m each day for 6 days. You can push or carry your bike over long sections of steep technical trails (more than 40 minutes). Your exercise regime includes a combination of endurance training like riding a bike and strength training.

Policies

By booking or participating in a Aosta Valley Freeride bike adventure, you agree to the following terms and conditions.
This website is operated by Aosta Valley Freeride. Your use of this site constitutes your acceptance of Aosta Valley Freeride Terms and Conditions. By agreeing, you represent that you are at least the age of majority in your state or province of residence, or that you have given us your consent to allow any of your minor dependants to use this site.

Aosta Valley Freeride has the right at any time to change or discontinue any aspect or feature of the site, including, without limitation, the content, hours of availability, and equipment needed to access or use the site. Any new features or tools which are added to the current store shall also be subject to the Terms of Service.

You can review the most current version of the Terms of Service at any time on this page. It is your responsibility to check this page periodically for changes. Your continued use of or access to the website following the posting of any changes constitutes acceptance of those changes.

Booking Contract

Your booking is confirmed and a contract exists when Aosta Valley Freeride issues a written confirmation after receipt of the applicable deposit amount. Please check your confirmation email carefully and report any incorrect or incomplete information to Aosta Valley Freeride immediately. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please reach out to our office. You must be at least 18 years of age to make a booking. You agree to provide full, complete and accurate information to Aosta Valley Freeride.

21-days risk free booking window

After putting down a ride deposit, you can cancel at any point during the first 21 days after booking and get a 100% refund. This allows you 3 weeks to sort out flights and vacation time without having to worry about someone else taking your spot(s).

Lifetime deposit policy

All bookings require a 50% deposit. Our Lifetime Deposit policy allows any of our Riders (i.e. clients) forced to delay a departure the ability to apply their initial deposit towards a later scheduled date or another Ride at no extra charge. As long as you give us 30 days notice, your deposit will be good forever, whether you use it for the same trip or transfer it to another one. A Lifetime Deposit has no expiration date and can be used once for any departure. A Lifetime Deposit is also transferable, meaning that you can transfer your deposit to another Rider as a gift. You can even choose to donate your deposit to our sister non-profit, Aosta Valley trail care. We’ll then match the value of your donation! There are some important conditions to be aware of regarding our Lifetime Deposits:
  • A Lifetime Deposit is applicable in the period after the 21-day Risk-Free Booking Window and the 30 days prior to the scheduled departure,
  • Any cancellations made within 30 days of the scheduled departure will be treated as a passenger cancellation, in which case the entire payment,
  • Lifetime Deposits, or any portion of them, are not refundable in cash,
  • Guiding tours only (not full package) may be exempt from Lifetime Deposits.
  • When you’re ready to book another adventure with us, simply use your Lifetime Deposit to confirm your new Ride.

Remain balance and payment

After securing your booking with a deposit, the remaining balance is due 20 days prior to the ride start date.

Cancellation by you

We require 30 days notice for cancellations. If you cancel outside of 30+ days of your ride your Lifetime Deposit will still be active and can be applied to a future ride. Please see our Lifetime Deposit poilcy above for full details.

If you cancel within 30 days of your scheduled departure, you will be forfeiting the full amount of your Ride.

Download our cancellation policy (PDF)

Cancellation by us

We require a minimum of 4 Riders to confirm the ride is running. Once you’ve booked your spot(s), our office will confirm if the trip is running. If the required minimum number of clients according to the description is not reached, we will find an individual solution I.E. surcharge for a private trip.

Insurance & Risks

You are aware that biking is a dangerous activity and you understand that you, and every member of your group need appropriate insurance cover for the activity, which takes place in occasionally very remote areas. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance you purchase is adequate and appropriate for your particular needs while you are on holiday with us.

In addition, Aosta Valley Freeride cannot take any responsibility for damage or loss to property (e.g. bikes) and / or individuals, due to unsatisfactory condition of your, or any other rider’s bike, (including rented bikes). The condition of bikes can be affected by use or transport. It is mandatory to wear a certified helmet. Bike servicing and maintenance is the respective owner’s / hirer’s responsibility. Aosta Valley Freeride cannot take any responsibility for injuries to individuals during our rides. We are professional guides, but cannot control what you do on your bike. Riding in control and within your own limit is your responsibility.

If in doubt at any point please get off and walk as much as you need to. If you don’t have your travel and activity insurance, you can buy it HERE (WorldNomads).

Court of jurisdiction

The district court of Aosta is agreed as court of jurisdiction.

Ship your Bike

Ship to Cycle is the new door to door service to safely and efficiently send your bike wherever you want.The service is dedicated to all cycling enthusiasts: professionals, amateurs and cycle tourists.

The objective is to offer a premium service that relieves you of the stress of transporting your bike to the airport and avoids further inconvenience of the transfer to the race venue or hotel. This makes it possible to organise your trip with greater flexibility, not only for sporting purposes, but also for tourism.Ship To Cycle relies on the best international couriers who guarantee precision and punctuality in deliveries.

You can also activate an insurance policy that covers the full value of your bike throughout its journey.

Book a Guide

If you book a guide directly from here, you will leave directly from THE PLACE by bike, the shuttle is not included and cannot be booked on the spot.

Private Lesson

Complete the steps with the required data.

We point out that it is possible to book a lesson only 24 hours before the selected time, to guarantee our teachers the best organisation.

Group Lesson / Courses

Complete the steps with the required data.

The transaction data will be linked to the first participant if multiple applied.