Strada degli Eroi

Strada degli Eroi, a military mule road built during WWI

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. 

This military road has a length of 10,6km connects the Galleria d'Havet and rifugio Achille Papa, near the Porte del Pasubio and nowadays is closed to motorized traffic. The name of the road (Road of the Heroes) comes from the fact that the rock face of the plates are placed in honor of the 15 gold medals for military valor who fought on the Pasubio during the Great War. What makes it famous are the stunning views and the legend says that you can’t just go there only once. The true surprise that people most often don’t expect when coming to this place is the huge difference of temperature from the bottom to the top, and even from halfway to top. 
By extension the term Road of Heroes it refers to the entire stock of Val Hay, which rises from the Pian delle Fugazze (1162 m) on the border between the province of Vicenza and Trento, and comes to the hut Pope (1928 m). Portions of the road may be temporarily closed due to road work or inclement weather. Heavy or prolonged rain can cause local flash floods that cover the road with water or wash out culverts or bridges. The entire route refuge Achille Papa - Pian delle Fugazze is part of the European path E5 and the Path of Peace.

The surface on this gravel road is often loose, especially along the sides of the road. The road is closed to motorized traffic (summer there are shuttle buses that are shuttling between the Pass and the Gallery of Havet), is 10.6 km long in its entirety, marked by milestones that every kilometer give the distance to the beginning. The fund is natural, except for a few bends paved, with a winding path in Val Hay to climb with a gradient rather constant and never particularly challenging if not in the final stretch before the Gallery Havet, a few tens of meters long, allowing you to switch in the Val Canale just below the ridge of the watershed.

During the war, it was only a trail and was later enlarged to allow easy access to the Sacred Area, alternatively Scarubbi of the road where snow remains much longer due to exposure to the north. Closed to motorized traffic in the eighties because of the danger of the journey especially in the final stretch, is now very popular with hikers on foot or by mountain bike. It remains one of the main access routes to the summit of the massif because it can be covered even by those who have little familiarity with the mountain. Having fallen into disrepair, the Italian government has closed off much of it in an attempt to prevent further injuries and deaths from those driving off the edge because of the cracked surface and loose rocks.
Pic: Nicola Morandi


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