The road to Monte Paularo is not for the faint of heart

Monte Paularo is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 1.970m (6,463ft) above the sea level, located in the Province of Udine in the Italian region Friuli-Venezia Giulia.

Monte Paularo

The road to the summit is an old military road totally unpaved. It’s called Strada Provinciale 24 (SP24). This road tests the skill, and courage, of any driver. It’s definitely not for anyone suffering from vertigo or a fear of landslides. Only the suicidal, the insane, or the paid-to-do-this should ever drive down.

It’s a terrible road, narrow and steep. The peak is also known as Monte Dimon. There are several lakes on the summit. There is little room for error on this road. Your wheels will be astounded at the wonderful views of the mountains spread out before you! They are terrible for drivers who are prone to vertigo.

In many places the road is bordered by a drop of hundreds of meters (many hundreds of feet) unprotected by guardrails. Starting from Ligosullo, a small town, the ascent is 10.3km long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 937 meters. The average gradient is 9.09%.