A delightful yet challenging drive to Forcella Chiandolada
Forcella Chiandolada is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.582m (5,190ft) above the sea level, located in the Province of Belluno in the Italian region Veneto.
Tucked away in the mid-Boite valley, between the two Dolomites massifs of Antelao and Pelmo, the road to the summit, also known as Forcella Ciandolada, is mostly paved with some good parts of gravel. The summit is crowned with a mountain hut, called Rifugio Giampietro Talamini, located about 110 kilometres (68 mi) north of Venice and about 30 kilometres (19 mi) north of Belluno. The shelter was rebuilt some years ago.
The road is pretty steep, hitting a 25-26% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. Starting from Vodo di Cadore, the ascent is 6.3km long. Over this distance, the average percentage is 12% but there are sections over the 17,2%. The road has some narrow parts, so proceed cautiously and hope no other vehicles come from the other direction. Not recommended if you don't know how to reverse.