Monte Saccarello

Monte Saccarello is worth the white-knuckle drive

Monte Saccarello is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.201m (7,221ft) above the sea level, located on the French-Italian border between Liguria, Piemonte and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.

The summit of Mount Saccarello, since 1947, is a point of the administrative border between the provinces of Imperia and Cuneo and the state border between Italy and France (Department of Alpes-Maritimes). Its summit is the highest point of Liguria. On a sub-peak of the mountain stands a huge bronze statue of Jesus Christ built in 1901.
The top of Mount Saccarello can be reached by 4x4 car and motorcycle. Some road sections may require a high clearance 4WD vehicle, in four-wheel-drive, driven by a driver experienced in 4WD drive techniques to drive the road without getting stuck. Starting from Monesi the road, half paved and half a trail, runs along a former military route, that links with the Colle di Tenda.

The unpaved sections of the road can be impassable when wet. In any case, driving 4WD is recommended due to uneven surface. Around the summit there are ruins of numerous artillery batteries used during the 1900’s, and at an elevation of 2,164m above sea level, there is a large bronze statue of Christ the Redeemer, built in 1901, which is part of a group of sculptures placed in the early years of the twentieth century on the highest mountains in every Italian region. The road is usually closed during the winter months.

 

 

NOTICE: Due to the spread of COVID-19, many points of interest and roads are closed and travel is not recommended. Please follow all local health authority directives before venturing off, and stay safe.