Colle Bicocca

The military road to Colle Bicocca

Colle Bicocca (Col d'la Bicoco) is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.287m (7,503ft) above the sea level, located in the southwest of the Piedmont region of Italy.

The road to the summit is called Varaita-Maira-Kammstraße/Strada dei CannoniIt’s an ex military natural surface cart track with modest slope built in 1744 by Ignazio Bertola. The surface of the road is mostly gravel. Adverse weather conditions can prompt closure of the road. Thunderstorm activity can quickly change unpaved roads to four-wheel-drive condition. The experience of using this road is very impressive. In some places is 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 is extremely challenging. On the summit there’s a parking lot.
Pic: Renato Cane

 

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