Dare to drive the road to Mont Saccarel

Monte Saccarello-Mont Saccarel is an international high mountain peak at an elevation of 2.178m (7,145ft) above sea level, located on the French-Italian border.

Mont Saccarel

Where is Monte Saccarello?

Mount Saccarello is on the border between Piemonte in Italy and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur in France. Since 1947, it has marked the boundary between the provinces of Imperia and Cuneo in Italy, and the Department of Alpes-Maritimes in France. Before World War II, it was entirely under Italian jurisdiction. The Paris Peace Treaties of February 1947 redefined its ownership, making it shared between Italy and France. It is also the highest point in Liguria.

What’s on the summit of Monte Saccarello?

At the summit, there is a bronze statue of Jesus Christ, constructed in 1901. This statue is one of several erected on the highest peaks of each Italian region in the early 20th century. The summit also has remnants of artillery batteries from the 1900s.

How long is the road to Monte Saccarello?

Set high in the Ligurian Alps, the winding road to the summit is steep and narrow. Starting from Monesi (Province of Imperia), the road is 9.0 km (5.59miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 799 meters. The average gradient is 5.79%.

Is the road to Monte Saccarello unpaved?

The road to Monte Saccarello is mostly unpaved. The summit can be reached by 4x4 car and motorcycle. The road is usually impassable during the winter months. Risk of rock slides.