Monte San Simeone

A narrow road skillfully built with 28 hairpins to Monte San Simeone

Monte San Simeone is a mountain peak at an elevation of 1.208m (3,963ft) above the sea level, located in the Province of Udine in the Italian autonomous region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, If you don’t like narrow roads, better avoid it: it’s not wide enough for two cars to pass at the same time.

Can you drive to Monte San Simeone?

Set high in the Dolomites mountain range, the road to the summit, also known as Mont Sant Simeon, is totally paved but extremely narrow. It’s called Strada del Monte San Simeone. The road is mostly wide enough only for one car, but on enough places it is broadened to avoid if you meet another car.

How long is the road to Monte San Simeone?

Starting at the paved Strada Provinciale 36 (SP36), the road to Chiesa di San Simeone, a mountain church near the summit is 11.1km (6.89 miles) long. It’s extremely steep, hitting a 38% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. 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.

Is the road to Monte San Simeone defiant?

The thrilling road was skillfully built, with 28 hairpin turns and unlit tunnels. The hairpin section runs largely in the sparse forest, so even at high temperatures there is at least some shade. This ascent is an absolute must for fans of winding routes. 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.

 

 

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