Anfo ridge road is one of the most exciting roads in the world. With a length of 20km, it’s located in the province of Brescia, in Lombardy, Italy. This old military road is certainly breathtaking and it has a fearsome reputation. It has an important rock fall risk.
This road has been heralded as one of the most spectaculars roads in the world by the dangerousroads.org users. This exposed runway climbs up several mountain passes:
-Passo Baremone (Passo del Mare) (1.450m)
-Passo della Spina (1.521m)
-Passo della Berga (1.527m)
-Passo del Dosso Alto/Passo delle Portole (1.727m)
The road has some gravel sections and includes 4 short tunnels. The surface of the road has been improved the last years but any barriers along the edge afford little more than token protection. The road is winding, in some places only wide enough for one vehicle, and in many places bordered by a drop of hundreds of meters (many hundreds of feet) unprotected by guardrails. The road was closed during 6 years because a landslide but the route was cleared again in 2009. In 2010 some new tunnels were built to bypass the narrowest parts. The tunnels part have been minimally improved the last times.
This road is closed from November to May, but it can be closed anytime when the access is not cleared of snow. Avalanches and heavy snowfalls can sometimes block some sections of the road and can be extremely dangerous due to frequent patches of ice. Conditions can change quickly and be harsh. Road closures can be frequent, so check conditions before traveling to this area. The road offers a scenical opportunity to cross the Bergamo Alps. It’s hard, scenic and beautiful but bit dusty and stony.
This infamous road is tightly hairpinned and bumped, an exquisite winding mountain drive with sharp and blind curves and hairpin switchbacks leading the traveler over the mountains. The road over the pass has a maximum grade of 12 percent and the speed is limited to 20 km/h. The road is closed to vehicles with a width of 2,50m and a height of 3,20m. This road was closed several years because an important landslide.
The original road was built on Roman times. It has never had much traffic because the bad conditions of the road where abundant stones are scattered. Since there was clearly no effort made to make the road again consistently navigable, this state is expected to continue. After rain, even a single rainfall, conditions of the road can be challenging. Adverse weather conditions can prompt closure of the road.
Pic: Cristiano Mazzoldi