Passo di Giau

Giau Pass: the best views in the Dolomites at the top

Passo di Giau is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.238m (7,342ft) above the sea level, located in the province of Belluno, in the Veneto region of Italy. You get some of the best views in the Dolomites at the top.

Can you drive to Passo di Giau?

Set high in the Dolomites mountain range, the road to the summit is totally paved. It’s called Strada Provinciale 638 (SP638) road. The road was completed and paved in 1986. It’s a difficult climb through 55 sharp hairpin turns up to the top and 3 tunnels for protection against avalanches. North of the pass, a minor gravel road climbs up to Monte Ragusela, at 2.296m (7,532ft) above the sea level.

How long is Passo di Giau?

The road is 20.0 km (12.42 miles) long, running south-north from Selva di Cadore to Pocol. It’s pretty steep, hitting a 13% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. The pass has been climbed by the Giro d’Italia race. The road has a high risk of avalanches.

Is Passo di Giau worth it?

Tucked away on the northeastern part of the country and surrounded by high mountains, this beautiful pass is well worth the drive. The road is a pleasure to ride especially early in the morning when there is less traffic and includes outstanding and indescribable landscape with terrific views into the Dolomites mountain world. The winter season is often compromised by the avalanches that come down to block the uncovered parts of the road. Known for its harsh and relentless gradients, it is one of the most visited Dolomite passes. The pass once marked the boundary between the Republic of Venice and the Austrian Empire, the old border marker is still on at the pass. It was also the setting for some of the scenes of the movie Ladyhawke, with Matthew Broderick and Michelle Pfeiffer.

 

 

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