Bocca di Forca, one of the hardest climbs in Italy

Bocca di Forca is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.402m (4,597ft) above the sea level, located in the Veneto region of Italy. It has been rated one of the hardest climbs in Italy, with an average gradient of 11.44%.

Bocca di Forca

This paved road is winding and very narrow, impassable for 2 medium cars. Not recommended if you don't know how to reverse. It’s not only steep, but narrow, with tight, tricky hairpins--very technical and demanding. In addition, the foliage overhead creates shadows which can hide holes and rough pavement, leading to some rude surprises.

Starting from Possagno, the ascent is 9.9 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 1.132 meters. The average percentage is 11.4 % with a maximum gradient of 20%. Relatively unknown, it's considered one of Italy's hardest climbs. As relentless as the Mortirolo, and the pundits say it is even harder. The descent on this road is definitely not fun to do. It's not a good idea to ride this road alone. There are no houses or bars and very little traffic, so there'd be no one to help you if you should get into trouble.