The inhumane climb to Monte Lussari with 22% ramps

Monte Lussari is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 1.745m (5,725ft) above the sea level, located in the province of Udine, in the autonomous region Friuli-Venezia Giulia of Italy.

Monte Lussari

Is the road to Monte Lussari paved?

Tucked away on the northern part of the country, the road to the summit, also known as Monte Santo di Lussari, is now fully paved with concrete and rasping drainage groves. The new road was inaugurated with the 2023 Giro d'Italia. The peak is a renowned pilgrimage destination due to the presence of Sanctuary of the Madonna of Lussari and hosts many hotels surrounded by a tiny hamlet. This road became the only carriageway up to the Sanctuary and the adjoining hotels, which could only be reached by cable car or on foot.

How long is Monte Lussari?

The road to the summit, called “the balcony of the Julian Alps”, is 10.0 km (6.21 miles) long starting at Strada Statale 54 (SS54) to the south of Tarvisio.

Is the road to Monte Lussari challenging?

Set high in the Julian Alps, the road is extremely challenging, hitting a 22-23% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps in the middle of the woods. The elevation gain is 1098 meters. The average gradient is 10.98%. It’s a narrow one-lane and one-way road extremely winding.