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 (Road of the Gorge) 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. Rock slides can occur anytime and can sometimes block some parts of the road. The road (officially known as Strada Provinciale 38) was designed in 1913 by Arturo Cozzaglio on behalf of Giacomo Zanini, the then vicar of Vesio. Winston Churchill defined it as the eighth wonder of the world.
A small car with functioning horn is recommended. This road literally carved out of the cliff with hairpin turns, blind corners, adverse camber and low tunnels. It’s a nail biting adventure even for the practiced driver. For the skilled drivers only. Quite challenging but definitely worth it. It might become very unpleasant and stressful experience for some drivers but it’s great and unforgettable for those seeking a real riding experience. Not such a fun for the passengers in the car. Sometimes a bit narrow and traffic stalls because some drivers don't know how big or small their car really is. It’s dangerously beautiful. If you decide to go, you have to be prepared for driving back in search for enough wider space, to enable oncoming cars to pass.
Along Strada Della Forra you’ll feel like James Bond
The surface of the road is paved. The road is in dreadful condition. 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. The part of the gorge is now in great demand as a film set. In recent years, its breathtaking views and verdant scenery have made it a sought-after location for film shoots and car commercials 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.
As an experiment the local council instituted in 2020 a one-way system on the narrowest part of the Strada della Forra – uphill only, which affects the stretch between the Pizzeria la Forra at 45.776656, 10.760050 and the lakeside road. This year it applies until 30 September, 7 days a week between 10:00 and 19:00. The “no entry sign” is just below the Pizzeria so there is access from Pieve to both restaurants.
Pic: StudioB12 Guarneri Gianpaolo