Strada delle Vette

Adventure along Strada delle Vette road

Located in the Province of Udine in the Italian region Friuli-Venezia Giulia, the infamous Strada delle Vette (Panoramica delle Vette) is one of the most spectacular roads in the world.

How long is Panoramica delle Vette?

Tucked away on the northern part of the country, near the Austrian border, the road is mostly paved except 6 km of dirt road very compact. It’s 30km (19.13 miles) long, running from Ravascletto (a well known summer/winter holiday resort in Friuli Venezia Giulia) to Tualis. The road was built between 1940 and 1942. It’s essentially a single wide road with no divider line. It became famous thanks to the missing leg of the Giro d’Italia 2011.

How long does it take to drive Strada delle Vette?

To drive the beautiful panoramic road without stopping will take most people between 1.5 and 2 hours. The drive offers stunning views. Speed is limited to 30km/h.

Is Strada delle Vette open?

Set high in the Carnic Alps, in the Dolomites, it’s said to be the highest road open for vehicles in the Friuli region. It is usually impassable from late October through late June or early July (depending on snow). The open and close dates all depend on snowmelt and snowfall each year. Do not take this road during severe weather conditions.

Is Panoramica delle Vette difficult?

The road is extremely defiant, with 40 hairpin turns, huge drops and very narrow parts, so proceed cautiously and hope no other vehicles come from the other direction. Better not to do it with large SUVs or campers because the maneuvering spaces are almost non-existent. It tops out at 1.991m (6,532ft) at Monte Crostis. The inclination is usually somewhere between 12-18% and there is no flat stretch, hitting a 20% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. Over the whole drive there’s no roof, no place to hide, when a storm hits the exposed place. In some turns use your horn and listen. It can save your life.

 

 

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