Passo Sella

Sella Pass, one of the most iconic roads in the Dolomites

Passo Sella is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.246m (7,368ft) above the sea level, located on the boundary of Trento and Bolzano provinces, in northern Italy. The views around you are terrific.

Located in the Italian Dolomites, the winding road to the summit, also known as Sellajoch, is paved, with sharp hairpin bends and steep drops. It’s called Strada Statale 242 road. The pass links the Val Gherdëina in South Tyrol and Canazei in the Fascia Valley in Trentino. Huge coaches sneak constantly across the pass summit and spit out endless streams of tourists that disappear after a few minutes when they have taken hundreds of pictures and jammed the souvenir shop.

The pass has been featured in the Giro d’Italia. It has been the Cima Coppi (or highest point of the race). It’s one of the most famous passes in the Dolomites. To reach the summit, starting from Plan de Gralba - Northside, the ascent is 5.45 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 373 meters. The average percentage is 6.8 %. The maximum grade is 12.5% The views are stunning and each small village you go through is charming and lovely.

This pass is crowned by the wonderful Torri del Sella and Mesules. You can enjoy a really stunning view on the Sassolungo group (3,181 meters). The views are breathtaking! The road to the summit was opened on 26th of October 1856 and its construction dates back to 1843. There’s a hotel and some opportunities for refreshments at the summit. It’s usually very crowded in holiday seasons. Avoid the first three weeks of August.

 

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