Whether on paved roads or dirt roads, in the park or bordering areas, cycling is good for nature, for leisure and sport. Choose the route that suits you and remember that with an e-bike everything is possible!
When cycling don’t forget that you are in a nature reserve and that you must follow the general rules of conduct and always remember to watch out for hikers routes with dirt roads.
Finally, remember that mountain tracks may be damaged by the weather or landslides so we recommend taking note of any information available. The Park Authority is not however directly liable for any damage to property or personal injury attributable to the information provided in these pages. Users therefore release the site operators from any liability.
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The route, which is entirely paved, has a fairly difficult climb which leads to the Piamprato basin where, as in all villages of the Valsoanine area, you can still hear people speaking the Franco-Provençal dialect, and during festivities you can come across people wearing traditional costume. Far from the noise of the city and with an increasing vocation for sports, Piamprato offers, climbing, gymnastic routes and for those who like thrills it is possible to reach the ski-lifts of the downhill tracks.
A pleasant route which climbs the course of the Campiglia River. On returning, in the vicinity of Alpe Azaria and where in spring you can see one of the greatest concentrations of alpine chamois in the entire park, you can follow a parallel path which goes from the Cappella del Sacro Cuore di Gesù (Chapel of the Sacred Heart of Jesus) to the vicinity of Grangia Rondonero.
An MTB route which climbs gently from the village of Piamprato to Pratorotondo where the more audacious can also do some downhill. For those who wish to continue, the route takes you to Ciavanassa with a scenic lookout point over the glacial basin of Piamprato.
A mixed route of paved roads and dirt tracks which are quite demanding with their considerable gradients. It is advisable to follow the route in the clockwise direction. From the MTB rental (Pont Viej Bar Restaurant) the ring route passes by the flowery chief town of Ingria and its many typical abandoned villages. A route through chestnut woods, votive columns and booths and the villages with their typical tower houses built on particularly steep slopes.
Gran Paradiso Area
The route consists entirely of paved roads. Make sure you have lights for passing through a number of tunnels. It is a long route starting from Alpette, with stretches of moderate gradient and a beautiful view of the Valle Orco, which connects two slopes and passes through many villages. The Val Soana, which is very narrow on account of its river origin, is covered with lush vegetation and typical broadleaf woodland consisting mainly of chestnut trees which gradually give way to beeches further down.
A short easy ring route on dirt roads, suitable for everyone which departs from the Grand Hotel, a historic building that once hosted the rulers and aristocracy of Piedmont. Half way along the route you can taste the ferruginous spring waters and at the end of the route you can find out about relationship between man and the alpine ibex at the Homo et Ibex Visitor Centre (Grand Hotel). The route is served well with accommodation and play areas for small children.
A picturesque route that skirts the entire lake with reflections from the water and the pleasant shade of the larch on the southern shoreline. It is also suitable for children as they can stop to play in the equipped areas. A part of the route follows a dirt road with only one sloping section near the dam. You can start from Pian della Balma or the village of Villa where bicycles can be rented.
A beautiful route along the valley bottom amid the green meadowlands and tranquillity of the woods, accompanied by the sounds of nature. The route passes through old villages and follows the course of the Orco River. A small detour in the centre of Locana brings you to the Antichi e nuovi mestieri (old and new trades) Visitor Centre where a beautiful little animated theatre tells the story of the hard life of the chimneysweeps.
The route is entirely paved and suitable for cyclists in a good state of training. It is the most popular hill in the Gran Paradiso with views along the route that make the effort spent in the climb worthwhile all the way up to the glacial basin of Lake Serrù and Piano del Nivolet, where the meandering bends of the Dora form the highest peat bog in Europe with aquatic habitats ideal for the European common frog and many plant species.
A beautiful bike ride through the woods, on entirely paved roads, brings you to the village of Piandemma with its little church and an item of curiosity, a solitary bell tower in a meadow. If you feel like a walk when you arrive, Piandemma is the departure point of many paths for walking and hiking. At Locana, at the Antichi e nuovi mestieri (Old and new trades) Visitor Centre, a beautiful little animated theatre describes the hard life of the chimneysweeps.
The entirely paved route from Rosone to the top of the artificial Teleccio lake has an altitude difference of 1.200 m and is suitable for cyclists in a good state of training. The second half of the route, after San Giacomo, is on the private road of IREN S.p.A. The route is very demanding but in the climb up the large wild valley you will find silence and a rugged landscape overlooked by sheer cliffs.
The silent Cambrelle valley, sun-beaten and sheltered from the winds is a route suitable for mountain bikers in a good state of training and leads to the beautiful Santa Pulenta alpine refuge and the consecrated sanctuary at San Vito… and for those who love extreme sports the route can be followed as far as Lago Pratofiorito with many stretches after the refuge where the bike has to be carried, but the destination makes the effort worthwhile. (Altitude on arrival at Pratofiorito 1.740 m asl, with another 440 m of altitude difference).
This scenic route follows the paved road which climbs as far as Alpe Carello. From here there is a beautiful walk to Alpe Cialma. A picturesque basin, full of pastures and woods hundreds of years old, enclosed by two mountain slopes and right at the top (La Cialma or Punta Cia m 2.193) the view encompasses the Gran Paradiso range.
This is the most romantic valley in the park, particularly suited to families. It offers all the beauty of the alpine landscape and the most interesting rural buildings in the Val d’Aosta. The typically glacial valley has a flat bottom which reflects a typical alpine landscape completely. The top of the valley opens onto a scene of moraines and glaciers that come down from the Granta Parei and other peaks in the area. The white of the glacial seracs contrasts with the green of the vast woodlands of Norway spruce and larch further below.
The narrowest and wildest of the valleys in the Val d’Aosta: a genuine backwater of authentic wilderness! Situated in an uncontaminated environment, the valley is criss-crossed with wide mule tracks at higher altitudes. It is the most valuable legacy of the hunter king, Victor Emanuel II of Savoy who fell hopelessly in love with the charm of these places and built royal houses for the purpose of hunting alpine ibex and alpine chamois, thus creating the Royal Hunting Reserve which in time led to the creation of the first Italian national park.
This is the best known and most visited of the valleys in the park. There is a spectacular variety of environments and scenery in which to immerse yourself and the guarantee of an all-round tourism offer. It is also famous for the conservation of important folk traditions such as the dentelles, the bobbin lace which is the pride of the local crafts.