Sport Itineraries: Montjovet

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Tour of the hill of Montjovet - Gettaz - Rodoz - Bellecombe – Ussel

Mountain Bike  -  Montjovet

The itinerary is quite physically demanding due to the ascent to Col Marcage from Fiusey of Montjovet and quite demanding in terms of descending technique via the stretches of path between the villages of Rodoz and Bellecombe and the one between Bellecombe and Ussel (until the bridge on the Dora Baltea River at the Châtillon station). The route can be particularly appreciated from a landscape, fauna and geological perspective.

Cyclotour: Saint-Vincent – Col di Joux – Verrès – Saint-Vincent

Cycling  -  Saint-Vincent

Lying in a hollow sheltered from the winds, Saint-Vincent boasts many fine vestiges from the past. Saint-Vincent owes its fame to one of the few authorised Casinos in Italy, which opened in 1947. During the summer you can climb up to Col de Joux along one of the most panoramic roads in the region, where you can enjoy splendid views over the whole valley. From here you go down the opposite slope as far as Brusson, continuing towards the valley bottom and passing the villages of Challand-Saint-Anselme and Challand-Saint-Victor. As soon as you are through this last village, you can already see Verrès, dominated by its imposing castle built in the latter half of the 14th century. Continuing on towards Aosta, just after Verrès, you come to Champdepraz, home of the Parco Naturale del Mont Avic, the only regional park in Val d’Aosta. You then meet the ancient village of Montjovet, located in a strategic position along the Roman “Via Galliarum” and overlooked by Saint-Germain Castle (11th century) of which you can still see a beautiful tower and a few remaining sections of wall.

Places you go through on the route:
- Saint-Vincent (575 m)
- Saint-Vincent spa baths 1.4 km (633 m)
- Emarèse junction 9.1 km (1,150 m)
- Col de Joux 16.2 km (1,620 m)
- Col de Joux junction 22.3 km (1,280 m)
- Brusson 23.6 km (1,265 m)
- Arcesaz 26.4 km (1,130 m)
- Challand-Saint-Anselme 29.35 km (1,030 m)
- Challand-Saint-Victor 34.1 km (745 m)
- Verrès 39.3 km (379 m)
- Montjovet 44.2 km (390 m)
- Saint-Vincent 51 km (575 m)

MOTOTOUR - Pont-Saint-Martin – Courmayeur

Motorcycling  -  Pont-Saint-Martin

A connecting ridge of all the starting points of the proposed motorbike itineraries, but also a route in itself, that travels the principal centres of the Aosta Valley bottom, ideal for a Sunday motorbike trip at the beginning or end of the season along the state road 26: you can make a stop in a village to go for a walk, visit a castle, a museum, or sidetrack into a side valley to enjoy distinctive villages and glimpses of landscapes unique in the world.

Cyclotour: Aosta – Pont-Saint-Martin

Cycling  -  Aosta

You leave the city of Aosta in the direction of Turin and the first village you come to is Quart, where you can see a beautiful castle perched on the hilltop. A few kilometres further on, you reach Nus: in the village there are the ruins of what is known as Pilato Castle and on the hill stands the Castle of the Lords of Nus (14th century). The next place you meet is Chambave, famous for its wines, and then you reach Châtillon which stands almost in the centre of the Val d’Aosta and provides access to Valtournenche. On top of a hill, within a hollow sheltered from the winds, stands Saint-Vincent which owes its fame to the Casino opened in 1947. As you continue downhill into the valley, you meet the ancient village of Montjovet, located in a strategic position along the Roman “Via Galliarum” and overlooked by Saint-Germain Castle. You immediately reach Verrès, dominated by an imposing castle built in the latter half of the 14th century. Another place along the road to Turin is Arnad, a village surrounded by vineyards and chestnut woods, which is also famous for its incomparable “lardo”. At the entrance to the village stands the highly interesting Parish Church of San Martino, a fine example of Romanesque architecture whose façade dates back to the end of the 15th century. Continuing on you come to Bard ridge. Due to its strategic position, it has always been a mainstay against invasions and this explains why it has been fortified since ancient times. The fortress, completed by King Carlo Alberto in 1838, is the most imposing example of military architecture in Val d’Aosta. A few kilometres further on stands Donnas, a mediaeval village built along the important Roman road - “Via Galliarum”. A 200 m paved section of it can still be seen together with a characteristic Roman arch carved into the rock. The village is surrounded by chestnut woods and marvellous terraced vineyards for the production of famous DOC red wines. Lastly you come to Pont-Saint-Martin whose most famous monument is its spectacular Roman Bridge (1st century B.C.). The panorama is dominated by the ruins of the ancient Castle of the Lords of Bard, dating back to the 1200s and perched on high ground at the entrance to the Val de Gressoney.

Places you go through on the route:
- Aosta (570 m)
- Saint-Marcel junction 8.3 km (530 m)
- Nus - St-Barthélemy junction 10.5 km (545 m)
- Col San Pantaleone junction 17.2 km (478 m)
- Pontey junction 20.1 km (460 m)
- Valtournenche junction 22.2 km (530 m)
- Saint-Vincent junction 25 km (527 m)
- Montjovet 31.7 km (390 m)
- Verrès - Val d’Ayas junction 36.6 km (379 m)
- Arnad 39.8 km (360 m)
- Valle di Champorcher junction 44.6 km (348 m)
- Donnas 48 km (350 m)
- Valle Gressoney junction 50.7 km (345 m)
- Pont-Saint-Martin 51 km (345 m)

Route included in a stage of the Giro d’Italia in 1996 (Briançon/Aosta). Stage won by Bugno (ITA).