Italy is renowned for its many features, its culture, food, history and so much more.
After visiting different places around the world and experiencing different cultures, we’ve come to realise that there are a few things about visiting Italy that can be a little unclear at times!
WHAT DO YOU NEED THEN?
What should you think about before entering our beautiful country?
Here is a selection of useful information and tips that will help you when you visit.
(Mainly aimed at Non EU citizens… but they might be helpful even if you are one of our European neighbours!)
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.
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!
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.
Aosta is easily accessible by road from most of Europe, we are located at one of the most important historical routes through the Alps!
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)
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.
You can ride a bike and are happy riding on dirt roads with gentle climbs and descents.
You enjoy riding easy single track that isn’t narrow or technical and you know the basics of body position and how to brake and corner safely. You enjoy riding in the mountains as long as it’s not too exposed or steep. You’d maybe like to learn more to enable you to tackle more technical or narrower trails with roots and rocks.
You are comfortable riding on narrow single track with some rocks and roots and are able to proactively ride most trails. If the corners are too tight or the trail is too technical you are happy to walk a few meters, but you’d like to work on your skills to help you ride them.
You are comfortable riding almost any trail including steep rock sections, tight switch backs, off camber sections, roots, and narrow exposed single track in high mountain terrain. You’ve ridden in the mountains and are not intimidated by sustained, steep descents that include all of these features. You know when it’s better to get off the bike, but don’t have to often.
You are a professional or sponsored mountain biker, and/or you compete regularly in national or international competitions. You can ride all terrain pro-actively and safely, in any mountain environment or weather conditions.
You are happy riding for a few hours and are capable of climbing up to 500 vertical meters over the course of a day.
You are happy riding for a several hours and are capable of climbing between 500-800 vertical meters over the course of a day. You could ride like this for 2-3 consecutive days.
You are capable of riding for multiple days in a row at a moderate pace for several hours each day. You can handle moderately steep climbs of up to around 1000 vertical meters in a day including some pushing or carrying your bike if required. You have ridden at altitude (2000 slm+) previously, and understand the effect it has on you.
You are capable of riding for multiple days for an average of 4-6 hours of pedal time each day. You can climb 1000-1500 vertical meters each day including pushing or carrying your bike over long sections (30-60mins) if required. You have ridden at altitudes of over 2000 slm+ previously and are happy doing so, although you may have to go slower and take more breaks.
You are capable of riding for multiple days in a row for an average of 6-8 hours each day. You can handle steep, sustained climbs of over 1,500m each day including pushing or carrying your bike over long sections (60mins+) if required. Altitude is no problem to you and you are used to riding at over 2500 slm+.
Aosta Valley Freeride (AVF) will provide the services, as confirmed by email. Please check your confirmation email carefully and report any incorrect or incomplete information to AVF immediately.
AVF will provide all logistics and mountain safety decision making.
Aosta Valley Freeride cannot take any responsibility for damage or loss to property (e.g. bikes) and / or individuals during a trip.
Down Day activities may be organised by AVF, and may include extra cost, depending on the activity. This will be confirmed prior to booking any activity.
You must be 18 years of age to make a booking. You agree to provide full, complete and accurate information to the best of your ability.
You are responsible for:
Making a personal judgement on whether or not to ride any particular section of trail. If in doubt, get off and walk – there is no pressure to ride beyond your ability.
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.
It is recommended that the policy you choose covers individual trip costs due to COVID-19 cancellations, or other unavoidable interruptions which may occur. Once we have secured the guide / shuttle and have taken the second half of the deposit we cannot provide refunds or credits as costs will no longer be recoverable.
AVF can recommend the following insurance providers on the basis of the positive experiences of other clients, but have no affiliation and take no responsibility for services provided.
Full payment is due prior to any AVF services being provided. A 50% deposit is due to hold a reservation. The 50% remaining balance will be due 30 days prior to the trip reservation.
All funds will be transferred to AVF’s bank account, or paid by credit card or Paypal. (This incurs a 3% fee.)
For customer cancellations, AVF will require written notice of cancellation via confirmed email. Any refunds will be subject to a 7% administration and bank fee.
If cancellation occurs within 60 days of your trip start date, you will lose your deposit, but any other moneys paid will be returned.
If cancellation occurs within 30 days of your trip start date, no refund will be provided.
You may transfer your trip to another person at no cost.
If AVF cancels your trip, you will be credited the fee we have received at the cancellation date.
This does not apply to adverse weather conditions, over which AVF have no control. We will not cancel a trip due to adverse weather, but we may adapt the planned itinerary for reasons of safety at the discretion of our expert guides.
I expressly agree and acknowledge that the terms and conditions of this Agreement are contractual in nature and that I am signing this contract, as is and without edits, of my own free will.
I expressly acknowledge that I am not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of my signing of this document and that there are no other impediments or reasons why I would lack the capacity to enter into this contract with AVF.
The district court of Aosta is agreed as court of jurisdiction.
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.
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.