Strada della Forra is one of the most scenic drives in the world. This Italian road burrows its way through the mountain in the ravine formed by the river Brasa. A small car with functioning horn is recommended. For the skilled drivers only. The drive is known by motorcyclists from all over Europe, as it is impressive and not exactly without danger in a few narrow and steep spots.
This legendary road is located in the province of Brescia, in Lombardy, on the shore of Lake Garda, in Italy. It links Tremosine with the districts of Pieve and Vesio. It’s a real gem, nestled in the depths of the mountain, along the rift carved by the river Brasa. Landslides can occur anytime and can sometimes block some sections of the road.
The road, officially known as SP38 was inaugurated in 1913. A small car with functioning horn is recommended. Winston Churchill defined it as the eighth wonder of the world. The road still remains an adrenaline-pumping journey and is definitely not for the faint of lungs, heart, or legs. A quick glance at the map, at its sheer drops and serpentine twists and turns, confirms that this is no hype. For the skilled drivers only. Quite challenging but definitely worth it.
The drive is definitely worth it. There are many excellent photo opportunities here. Don’t forget your camera! Unforgettable experience however if you are not experienced driver this might become very unpleasant and stressful experience. Don’t stuff your belly too much. Eventually, you might feel vomiting temptations while climbing circuitous roads at higher altitudes.
The surface of the road is asphalt. The road is in dreadful condition and requires strong nerves to negotiate it. It’s certainly breathtaking and it has a fearsome reputation. If you plan to drive this spectacular road you should ask yourself, if you have sufficient driving skills and that you know exactly how wide your car is. You should be prepared for driving backwards on a narrow winding mountain road in search of a wide enough space to enable oncoming traffic to pass.
Words can’t describe the road and pictures don’t do it justice. It’s extremely narrow, impassable for two cars at the same time. The part of the gorge is now in great demand as a film set, from the breath-taking car chase seen starring the most famous secret agent in the world, the legendary James Bond Quantum of Solace, to numerous television commercials for the European market of prestigious car manufacturers such as BMW and Mercedes.
Pic: StudioB12 Guarneri Gianpaolo