Stelvio Pass, which is among the most dangerous roads in the world and located at an altitude of 2758 meters, ‘Passa dello Stelvio’ in Italian, is the highest mountain pass of the Eastern Alpine Range. It is located between the Lombardy region in Italy and the South Tyrol region. It is also 200 meters from the Swiss border.
The Stelvio Pass was opened by the Austrian Empire between 1820 and 1825 to provide contact with the imperial territory of Lombardy. The 24.3 kilometer road route up from the town of Prato has 48 bends, 1808 meters of elevation difference and an average of 7.4% inclination. The pass is one of the most exciting and challenging tracks of driving.
Stelvio Pass in Stelvio National Park, which is one of the most scenic places with the most scenic pass of the Alps, is one of the must-stop spots in Europe, especially for cyclists and motorcyclists. Northern Italy has been one of the most suitable places for bike tourers.
Stelvio Cycling Day is held every year on the last Saturday of June or the first Saturday of September, by the management of Stelvio National Park, with the participation of approximately 12,000 cyclists. The Stelvio Marathon has also been held for the past few years.
The town of Bormio provides summer and winter accommodation to stay near the Stelvio Pass, which has a magnificent view under the scent of apple orchard coming from the eastern slope.
Stelvio Pass, which is open from June to October, is especially crowded on weekends in July and August. During the autumn and winter seasons, the road can be completely closed due to heavy snowfall.
Writer: Ali Farrier