Passo del Pura

Pura Pass: a narrow paved road to the summit

Passo del Pura is a mountain pass at an elevation of 1.428m (4,685ft) above the sea level, located in the Province of Udine in the Italian region Friuli-Venezia Giulia.

Nestled in the Apennines mountain range, the paved road to the summit, also known as Pas dal Pure and Passo Pura, is called Via San Valentino. It’s steep and very narrow. The pass has featured in the Giro d’Italia bicycle race.

There are 2 routes to reach the summit. Starting from Ampezzo, the ascent is 11.81 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 869 meters. The average percentage is 7.4 %. And starting from Lago di Sauris, the ascent is 6.5 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 448 meters. The average percentage is 6.9 %. On this route, shortly after the climb begins there are a long series of switchbacks with 10-12% gradient (except for the turns at the ends). You continue up the forested slope until reaching the large grassy area of the pass at 1,428m.

 

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