The Stelvio Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.757m (9,045ft) above the sea level, located in the Ortler Alps in Italy between Stilfs in South Tyrol and Bormio in the province of Sondrio. It's one of the highest mountain roads of Europe. The road itself is a marvel of engineering skill; the exhilarating serpentine sections ask to be driven by experienced drivers for their own sakes. All in all, this could be the most magnificent road pass in Europe. It's one of the most scenic drives in the world.
The Assietta Road is a military carriageway along the ridge that gathers Pian dell’Alpe to Sestriere, located in the Province of Torino, In Italy. The track unfolds for over 30 km, almost entirely over 2.000 meters above the sea level. The road just opens from June 1st to October 31st, and transit is forbidden to vehicles over 3,5 tons weight and over 2 metres wide. It’s not a road for beginners.
Passo del Tremalzo, is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.702m (5,584ft) above the sea level, located in the province of Trento in Italy. The pass lies near Trento and Lake Garda and the road over the pass was built for strategic reasons during World War I.
The popular Amalfi Coast route (SS 163 Amalfitana) follows the shoreline from Sorrento south to Salerno, in Italy. Locals recommend planning a drive of the Amalfi Coast during the shoulder tourist seasons, mid-September to October and May, when the road is less crowded and lumbering tour buses are fewer. It's one of the best coastal drives in the world. Picturesque Amalfi has been featured in films for as long as cameras have rolled at 24 frames per second.
With a total length of 60km, Via del Sale is an old military road, between Monesi and Limone (Italy). Among many roads that connected the ancient Liguria and Piedmont to France, this is one of the most famous and popular. This road has humbled many egos. It’s not for the sissies and shouldn’t be attempted by novice drivers.
The Colle Fauniera or Colle Pantani (also known as Colle dei Morti, "Hill of the Dead") is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.511m (8,238ft) above the sea level, located in the Cottian Alps, Piedmont, northern Italy. It is part of the communal territory of Castelmagno and Demonte. It’s pretty steep, with sections up to 13.77%. It’s said to be the most alluring and unspoilt pass around 2.500 metres in the Alps.
Strada delle 52 gallerie (Road of 52 galleries) is a military trail built during World War I on the massif of Pasubio (Vicenza, Italy). This extremely dangerous track winds between nozzle Campiglia (1,219 m) and the gates of Pasubio (1,934 m) crossing the southern side of the mountain. The track was built in this position to be away from the Austro-Hungarian artillery fire, with its pinnacles, deep canyons and sheer rock faces.
The Monte Jafferau is a mountain in the Hautes Alpes,with a highest peak of 2.805 m (9,202ft) above sea level. It’s located in front of the town of Dora di Bardonecchia and consists in two peaks: Testa del Ban (2.652m) and the summit itself Jafferau (2.805m). It divides the territory of Bardonecchia from Valfredda. The road to the pass is called Via dei Saraceni.
The Passo del Bocco is a mountain pass at an elevation of 956m (3,136ft) above sea level in the Strada Provinciale 26bis, in the province of Genova, linking Mezzanego and Emilia-Romagna. The road continues to the SP3, in the province of Parma. It’s situated in Liguria and belongs to the Apennines.
Strada della Forra is one of the most scenic drives in the world. This Italian road burrows its way through the mountain in the ravine formed by the river Brasa. A small car with functioning horn is recommended. For the skilled drivers only. The drive is known by motorcyclists from all over Europe, as it is impressive and not exactly without danger in a few narrow and steep spots.
Scanuppia - Malga Palazzo it’s said to be the steepest hardest long climb on a sealed-surface road in Europe (or the world). It's located in Besenello,a municipality in Trentino in the northern Italian region Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol.
Monte Crostis is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.982m (6,502 ft) above sea level located in the Carnic Alps, in the Italian region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia. The road to reach the summit is called Panoramica delle Vette. It includes gravel and asphalted sections and is one of the most spectacular roads in the world.
Passo San Boldo is a mountain pass located between the cities of Trichiana and Tovena (Cison di Valmarino) in Veneto, Italy, at an elevation of 706 m (2,316 ft) that lies in the northern reaches of the Italian Alps. The most challenging part of the climb is a short stretch of 700m including 7 hairpin turns. It’s one of the famous hairpinned roads in the world.
Colle delle Finestre is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.178m (7,145 ft) above the sea level, located in the Alps, in the Italian region of Piemonte, Italy, linking Susa Valley and Cisone Valley. It's one of the highest mountain roads of the Alps. The road is usually open from the first of June till September 30. The maximum grade is 14% and along its 18,6 km, there no less than 55 hairpins.
The Passo del Rombo (Timmelsjoch pass) is an international high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.509m (8,231ft) above the sea level that creates a link through the Ötztal Alps along the border between Austria and Italy, just some meters below the Queen of alpine roads, the Passo dello Stelvio. It's one of the highest mountain roads of the Alps.
Gavia Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.621 m (8,599 ft) above the sea level, located in the Lombardy region, Italy. The pass is traversed by the SP29 road, and it’s often used on the route of the Giro d'Italia road bicycle race. It's one of the highest mountain roads of Italy. It's perhaps the most challenging climb of all. It is an extremely difficult climb, with a combination of length, average gradients, maximum gradient and elevation gain not matched by any other climb in Europe.
Col de Tende (or Colle di Tenda) is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.870m (6,135ft) above the sea level, located in the Alps, on the border between France and Italy. In 7km this terrific road includes more than 48 hairpin turns. There are forts along the ridge line in both directions. It's one of the highest mountain roads of the Alps.
La Strada degli Eroi is a scary curvy mountainous road in the Vicentine Alps, a mountain range of the Eastern Alps in Trentino and the provinces of Verona and Vicenza, Italy, built in 1922, after the First World War, to equip the summit area of the mountain with access for motor vehicles.
The Passo dello Spluga is an international high mountain pass, at an elevation of 2.115 m (6,939 ft) above the sea level, on the border between Switzerland and Italy. It's one of the highest mountain roads of the Alps. Hairpins and great views make this one to see and drive. It’s one of the famous hairpinned roads in the world.
Colle del Nivolet is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.641m (8,665 ft) above the sea level, located in the Eastern group of the Graian Alps in Italy. The pass is traversed by the road SP50 and it was the location of several scenes of The Italian Job film, including the final bus crash. It's one of the highest mountain roads of Italy.
Torri di Fraele is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.941m (6,368ft) above the sea level, located in the municipality of Valdidentro Sondrio, in Lombardy (Italy) and belongs to the Alps. The 18 harpin turns leads to the Fraele towers, which once were used as strategic point of communication.
Forcella Lavardet is a high mountain pass in the Dolomites-Alps range, at an elevation of 1.542m (5,000 ft) above the sea level, located on the municipality of Vigo di Cadore (Italy). The road has 14 sharp turns that seem to lie on one another, gradually climbing up to the top of the pass. It’s one of the most famous hairpinned roads in the world.
Located in southern Europe, Italy is a long peninsula shaped like a boot, surrounded on the west by the Tyrrhenian Sea and on the east by the Adriatic, extending into the Central Mediterranean Sea. The major part of Italy's mountain retreats also invite visitors to experience a wide array of cultural and outdoor activities each season. Italy's Alpine regions are some of the most magical destinations in Europe, and this trip takes you to the best lakes and mountains in the area.