Forcella Lavardet is a high mountain pass in the Dolomites-Alps range, at an elevation of 1.542m (5,000ft) 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.
The road, with some unpaved and gravel sections, and connecting Canale di Gorto and Campolongo, is closed to vehicles after some streams and detachments, but is passable by bike, and includes some of the most incredible hairpins in the Carnic Alps. It's called Strada statale 465 della Forcella Lavardet e di Valle San Canciano 465 and it was an old military road.
Located in the Seppada zone, the road is famous because its group of 14 steep and spectacular hairpin bends, between San Pietro and the peak. Some years ago, the road was impassable after heavy rains, but now there’s a new wood bridge to cross the river Frison, a section which was impossible to cross during several months every year.
The road is pretty narrow, so it is advice to drive slow in the bends, as you will not see oncoming traffic. It’s an incredible set of 14 steep, picturesque and spectacular hairpin bends hardpacked gravel. Starting from Comeglians, ponte Degano, the Forcella ascent is 23.05 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 1.020 meters. The average percentage is 4.4 %.
The surface on this gravel road is often loose, especially along the sides of the road. Due its unique location and the climb in elevation over thousands of feet, and passing through remote areas, it is important when driving in these conditions to be prepared.