Colle d'Esischie: this road is not for timid drivers

Colle d'Esischie is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.370m (7,775ft) above the sea level, located in Piedmont, in northern Italy.

Colle d'Esischie

Nestled in the Cottian Alps, a mountain range in the southwestern part of the Alps, the road to the summit is paved but extremely narrow and sometimes bumpy. It’s closed in winters and links the Valle Grana and the Vallone di Marmora. The pass is 47 km long, running north south from Ponte Marmora to Demonte.

The road to the summit is pretty steep, hitting a 15.0% through some of the ramps. The pass has been climbed by the Giro d’Italia bicycle race and it has a never ending collection of hairpins. To reach the pass, starting from Ponte Marmora, the ascent is 20.3 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 1.426 meters. The average percentage is 7 %.