Strada del Monte San Simeone

Strada del Monte San Simeone, a narrow road skillfully built with 28 hairpins

Strada del Monte San Simeone is an extremely narrow mountain road climbing up to Monte San Simeone, a mountain pass at an elevation of 1.204m (3,950ft) above the sea level, located in the Dolomites-Alps (Italy). The road is mostly wide enough only for one car, but on enough places it is broadened to avoid if you meet another car.

The asphalted road to reach the pass, with a length of 11,2km, is a narrow road skillfully built and includes 28 hairpin turns. The road includes some steep sections, without market central lines, is very narrow, scarcely wide enough for two cars to pass at the same time and there are no protections or guard rails along some parts of the route.
The road is winding, in some places only wide enough for one vehicle, and in many places bordered on one side by cliffs and on the other side by a drop of hundreds of meters (many hundreds of feet) unprotected by guardrails. The road is narrow, but asphalted and well maintained. It ascends from the S-SE. In many hairpin curves it goes up over very steep and rocky slopes. 

This road is very exciting and sometimes very exposed and unsecured driveway in innumerable twists and turns. Monte San Simeone is not very high, but as it is standing isolated, its relative altitude differences make it quite important. And it is unique also in several other respects: historical, natural and as a valuable goal of outdoor activities.
The road is difficult and it’s a nightmare in the wet or dark (or both). This road and a nice panorama from the plateau are the reasons that Monte San Simeone is also very popular with bikers. From Bordano they do more than 1000 meters of altitude in ascent and then return by the same road. This road should not be attempted by those who don't know how to reverse. Words can’t describe the road and pictures don’t do it justice.

 

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