An old military road to Dordona Pass

Passo di Dordona is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.074m (6,804ft) above the sea level, located in the Province of Bergamo in the Italian region of Lombardy.

Passo di Dordona

Set high in the Orobie Alps, the road to the summit is unpaved. Pay attention to loose gravel. It’s called Strada del Passo Dordona and Strada della ValMadre. The road has some narrow parts, so proceed cautiously and hope no other vehicles come from the other direction.

Along the way there are several military constructions from WWI. 4x4 vehicle required. The road is narrow and impassable in winters and after heavy rains. It features very steep sections, up to 13%, but the track offers a very nice high alpine landscape. The pass links the upper Val Brembana with the Val Madre. Right on the pass there’s a tunnel dug into the rock, which leads to an observatory from which a large part of the Val Madre is dominated.

The pass road is 21.5 km (13.35 miles) long, running south-north from Foppolo to Fusine. Near the summit there’s a mountain refuge called Rifugio Dordona. To drive on this path is necessary to buy a license (around 3 euros). The road was opened to traffic in 2003.
Pic: Matteo Negri