Aosta, the focal point of the vast, stunning mountain scape that makes up the Aosta Valley. It's not only a beautiful landscape, it's a stunning city filled with culture, great food, good people, cool bars, Roman ruins and the hustle and bustle of a cosmopolitan city.
It's a large city that's geographically quite spread out, with several different lieu-dits or suburbs. But the actual town centre itself is small, walked in under 15 minutes and all sprawling off the same cobbled streets that was the centre of this Roman gateway town centuries ago.
This is a quick fire essential guide to the town, while on a mountain biking tour based in Aosta, wether you stay with us on a custom package or on our Aosta Valley Epic, this, paired with the knowledge of local guides will be a useful tool to navigate the best parts of Aosta.
The bustling restaurant scene in Aosta
Carrying stock of most common parts, with stock from Shimano, Sram, Specialized, Cannondale, Mavic and more, they are also an Andreani suspension centre and the only shop in Aosta City.
They'll be able to bleed brakes, service forks, repair wheels and more. With a nudge from your local guide they'll be able to get things done in a teimley manner and get you back onto the trails quick smart. But they will only have what's in stock, so if it's not here, chances are you won't be getting it that week.
Address - Corso-Avenue btg. Aosta, 49, 11100 Aosta AO, Italy
What else is cool?
Tour and tasting at a local winery?
The Aosta Valley is one of the worlds recognised wine regions, with a small but high quality production of aromatic whites and reds, the wine here picks up the characteristics of the high mountain air and varied soil types to deliver wines of great purity. Tanteun e Marietta is a small boutique winery located in the centre of Aosta producing a small amount of locally grown Pinot Noir, Muscat and Pinot Gris, well worth a tour of their historic cellar, which we can arrange.
Know your cheeses?
We love cheese! If you do too a private cellar tour and tasting of the Formaggeria Erba Voglio is worth putting on your holiday radar. Ageing and procuring cheeses from around the region, some of which are only available in microscopic amounts. If you need to get your dairy fix, let us know and we can get you the one on one experience.
In 25BC, Augusta Prætoria Salassorum (Aosta) was claimed by Emperor Augustus for the Roman Empire and became a gateway city to the North. The architecture is well preserved and some can be seen for free in the centre of the city, some you can access for a small fee, if you love history or just really miss being at school, this is a pretty cool way to spend some down time when not shredding the trails in the hills above.
All this surrounded by some of the best riding in the world
We launched the Aosta Valley Epic Tour in 2019 and it's been a highlight of the MTB Beds calendar. Beyond the week long Epic Tour we can also arrange custom trips of longer or shorter stays, guiding and Day Trips from Morzine.
If the timing is right (for operational opening dates and no snow in the mountains) for your tour we can also arrange multi destination trips through Morzine, Chamonix, Finale Ligure and Aosta, just drop us an email and we'll work out an amazing program for you.