Tips for Aosta mini-bus and coach tourism

Useful tips for Aosta bus groups with ‘what to see’ and ‘what to do’ items and  ‘bus- friendly’ or must see tourist sites in Aosta. Check our list of attractions before planning your bus tour with a stop or departure in Aosta. Let us know if your favourite attraction or ‘bus-stop’ is not there and you think we should add it to our list of Aosta highlights.

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What to see during your group tour with rented coach bus or minibus in Aosta

If you want to rent a bus for a group tour or travel departing from Aosta, we advise you to go outside, to the mountains. We recommend you to include in your list the following attactions:

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A day of ski and snow:

With so much bus rides you may be already feeling pain of being seated throughout your whole body (or but). Physical action is what you need now, So nothing more appropriate than spending a day skiing in the nearby station of Chamonix, an hour and three quarters away on the road. A classic ski destination for lovers of snow sports.

Courmayeur - Mont Blanc, d'Aosta

Courmayeur - Mont Blanc, d'Aosta credit: Roman Boed CC BY 2.0

By bus and cable car to Mont Blanc:

In the case you don’t like skiing to much but enjoy the magnificent views of the mountains, you can take the cable car at Chamonix station itself and reach the top of l'Aiguille du Midi at more than 3,800 meters and only in 20 minutes. There you can have a drink in the highest panoramic terrace in Europe, and enjoy a unique view of the Alps.

Panoramic Mont Blanc cable car

Panoramic Mont Blanc cable car credit: Leo-setä CC BY-SA 2.0

Route by minibus around the castles of Aosta:

From the modest castle of a noble family in Sarriod de la Tour up to the impressive castle of the Savoy family in the town of Gressoney-Saint-Jean, Aosta Valley has twelve castles open to the public that you can visit with a comfortable castle tour in a rented coach or minibus with private driver. The buildings date from the 10th century the oldest and arrive until the 19th century, but almost all are of architectural interest. In one of them, the Gamba Castle in the village of Breil Cret, you can visit an important collection of contemporary art.

Castillo Saboya, alrededor del cual se encuentra el Jardín Botánico.

Castillo Saboya, alrededor del cual se encuentra el Jardín Botánico. credit: Twice25 CC BY 2.5

Visit monuments and old stones in the city of Aosta    

Roman Bridge:

This beautiful stone bridge dates back to the first century before Christ, no less! The river passing below is currently dry, but the bridge is still object of contemplation. It is an obligatory stop on your bus tour. Your driver will know where to stop to take the best pictures.

Arch of Augustus:

It is the most emblematic monument of the city of Aosta, and it dates back to the year 25 BC, when the city was founded. The arch commemorates the victory of the Romans over the Salassi, and currently it is located at the entrance of the historic centre. The walk through the centre is the most suitable moment to park the rental minibus or coach and give a well-deserved or obligatorily break to the bus driver.

Arco di Augusto

Arco di Augusto credit: Albino Di Lieto CC BY 2.0

The cathedral:

Located in the beautiful square Giovanni XXIII, the Cathedral of Aosta dates from the fourth century after Christ, although its current appearance is the result of the renovations carried out in the 11th and 19th centuries. Apart from the plant and the architecture itself, the most interesting part of temple are the frescoes dating to the 11th century, and which can be visited since 2000.

Pila 05, Cattedrale Aosta

Pila 05, Cattedrale Aosta credit: Gaspar Torriero CC BY-SA 2.0

Saint Orso Collegiate Church:

It's the most important monument of the city. It was built on a cemetery, and from the fifth century the present Church was built but much of its current appearance is from the medieval period. Precisely from the medieval period is the cloister, undoubtedly the most important of the temple and which is really worth visiting. Their capitals are works of art, and in the cloister you can enjoy a very relaxing silence.

St. Orso parish church, interior, Aosta, Italy

St. Orso parish church, interior, Aosta, Italy credit: Laurom CC BY-SA 3.0

Pretoria Door:

In Roman times, this gate was the main entrance to the city. Like most of the doors of the time, it consists of a large main arch, where chariots entered the city, and two small arches on the sides, for the passage of people. The West part is perfectly preserved, and the marble that originally covered the door can be still distinguished in it. On both sides of the door there were two towers which still remain and which now serve for exhibitions.

Palace of City Hall:

It is in the square Emile Chenoux, i.e., in the centre of the city, and to change a little from Roman architecture, it is good to see a neoclassical, certainly beautiful building.

Eating the famous Fontina Cheese:

The Aosta Valley has its own variety of cheese, called Fontina Cheese, no doubt a delight that is worth trying. You can do it in a landmark of the city, the Latteria Pessina Donatella, where you have all the varieties of this cheese. Once you have soothed your hunger, you can relax having a drink in a terrace, provided that you have not chosen the winter months for your visit, naturally.

Forme di fontina, tipico formaggio della Valle d'Aosta

Forme di fontina, tipico formaggio della Valle d'Aosta credit: Luigi Chiesa CC BY 3.0

Around Aosta by minibus or walking?

Although you may have reached the city of Aosta comfortably with your rental minibus with chauffeur, once there you should be moving legs in the mountains, breathing the fresh and pure air and take a walk around Roman history. It would be a good idea for your bus and driver to wait for you so that he can rest a while from driving through the mountains (especially in the winter!).

City tours in Aosta

You can rent a bus in Aosta for group tours in the city or in the region of Val d'Aosta. The city of Aosta gives its name to the autonomous region, and it is a synonym of mountain landscapes, nature in its purest state and also architecture and history, like many other Italian cities. In the same way as many of them, Aosta attracts tourists who love mountain and the typical landscapes of the region. Despite the fact that it is a fairly small city, it has a road transport network which allows communication with other regions with a degree of fluency.

Medieval Village, dining Hall

Medieval Village, dining Hall credit: Roberto Venturini CC BY 2.0

Tours in the city of Aosta

You can rent a bus in Aosta to move it, but being a small town, perhaps you will be more useful to visit the region of Val d'Aosta. The city is known as the "Rome of the Alps", by the amount of monuments of the Roman period that treasures. Among them, the most essential thing to visit is without a doubt the Roman bridge, the Arch of Augustus, the Basilica of San Lorenzo and the archaeological museum.

Valle Aosta - Pont St. Marti

Valle Aosta - Pont St. Martin credit: Gabry & Piera CC BY-ND 2.0

What to see and do in the city of Aosta

Although it is a tiny and peaceful city, to be able to visit it in completely, it will not be bad for you to enjoy the comfort of a rental bus. At the end of the tour, you can offer yourself a pleasure for the senses enjoying a wonderful piadina, or allowing you the whim of a chocolate ice cream!

In terms of nightlife, it must be said that Aosta is a very quiet town, typically mountain-like, so do not expect to find many discotheques in it!

Aosta- City Hall

Aosta- City Hall credit: M.Maselli CC BY-SA 2.0

Tous in Val d'Aosta region

For your tour with private transport in a rented bus or coach with driver around Val d'Aosta, our advice is to organize yourselves as soon as possible, and think your itinerary with time to prevent unforeseen events. In this way, you can take the best advantage of the trip. Your tour with private transportation in a rented bus or minibus with chauffeur around Val d'Aosta will allow you to choose between an excursion to a singular castle as Fenis, a visit to some impressive waterfalls as those of Lillaz, or a bit of historical tourism in a village with charm as Pont Saint-Martin.

Prarayer. Dans la montée au col de Valcornera.

Prarayer. Dans la montée au col de Valcornera. credit: Guillaume Baviere CC BY 2.0

What to see and what to do in Aosta and surroundings

If you family or your group have already visited the capital of the region, but you have one day more before the end of the trip to Italy, here you have a series of ideas to organize some minibus or car with driver routes or excursions in the surrounding area. What is certain is that the vastness and views in these mountains and landscapes will be of your liking.

Visit the castle of Fénis                

If you are lovers of the visits to castles, this will not disappoint you at all. Located in the town of the same name, it is a medieval building of the 14th century, which was home to a powerful family and, curiously, has a typically defensive situation. The visit is cheap, it only costs 5 euros, and it is really worth the visit because it has very interesting frescos, as well as various courtyards and rooms that are worthy of knowing.

Castello di Fenis

Castello di Fenis credit: Alessandro Borgogno CC BY-SA 3.0

Waterfalls of Lillaz                      

Impressive Lillaz falls are a ten minute walk from the village of Lillaz, about 40 kilometers from the capital, Val d'Aosta. With your rental bus with driver you can reach this privileged enclave in three quarters of an hour, a waterfall composed of three different levels of the Urtier river waterfalls, with a global drop of 150 meters. The roads that surround them allow you to contemplate them in their entirety, and enjoy the beautiful views that they offer.

Cascate Lillaz

Cascate Lillaz credit: Luca CastellazziCC BY-ND 2.0

Visit to Pont Saint-Martin

Tell your driver to take you from Aosta to the small town of Pont Saint-Martin; you will need only half an hour to get to visit a Roman bridge of the second century before Christ. In addition to contemplating a historical monument, you can see if the legend that says that nothing less than the devil built it is true!

Pont-Saint-Martin, Aosta Valley, Italy

Pont-Saint-Martin, Aosta Valley, Italy credit: dacolje CC BY-SA 2.5

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