The Stelvio Pass

Description

Where: Italy

How Long: 57 miles approx

Added: 16 September 2011

The Stelvio Pass, at 2760 m (9045 feet) is the highest paved mountain pass in the Eastern Alps, and the second highest in the Alps, slightly below the Col de l’Iseran (2770 m, 9088 feet). Perhaps made famous by the Top Gear team in their quest for the best driving road. Not the prettiest road, in fact barren in places, but nevertheless dramatic scenery if you dare look.


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En route to Stelvio via Bormio, the pass, is regarded as one of the most challenging roads in the world, it has 60 hairpins with 48 of them on the northern and 12 on the southern ramp.

The South side is a little wider, has superb visibility and is a touch more forgiving, to get the best out of this road, it is recommended to do it in both directions. Travelling downhill on the northern side, the road hugs the side of the mountainside and is a relentless series of straights connecting the hairpin bends. Steep and challenging, the road is a real brake fluid boiler if going downhill.