Val Nambrone is a high mountain valley at an elevation of 2.186m (7,171ft) above the sea level located in Trentino, in northeast Italy. The road to the summit is one of the most dangerous roads in the country.
Located within the Parco Naturale Adamello Brenta, the road to the summit starts asphalted but the last part is unpaved. It’s driveable by cars. It’s the highest paved road in the area. Only the most dangerous turns are protected by guardrails. In several sections there are unprotected drops of hundreds of meters. This road has humbled many egos. It’s not for the sissies and shouldn’t be attempted by novice drivers. The road to the summit is 12.3km long and can be very busy. Unexperienced drivers makes this track so dangerous. It's normal for your palms to sweat looking at those photos, imagine what it must have been like before the barriers.
The road to the summit is really steep. Starting in SS239, at 1.077m above the sea level, the elevation gain is 1.109m. Over this distance the average gradient is 9,01%. The road is usually impassable from October to June. The views are really worth it. At the summit there’s a parking lot. The surface of the road is fair but water and holes can appear anytime. The last part of the climb is gravel with some rough sections.At the middle of the climb there’s an unlit one lane tunnel. Extremely scary. There are several mountain refuges along the road.
Pic: Maurizio Campi