Maloja Pass

Maloja Pass

Maloja Pass (Passo del Maloja, Malojapass) is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.815m (5,955ft) above the sea level, located in the Swiss Alps in the canton of Graubünden, linking the Engadin with the Val Bregaglia and Chiavenna in Italy. 

The road includes some steep sections and the surface is asphalted. The pass is sometimes called ‘the pass that never was’ due to its geographical peculiarity. This road is usually open all year, but it can be closed anytime when the access is not cleared of snow.  However, after a snowfall the road may be closed for a couple of hours or for an entire day. Even if open, the road might be covered with snow—winter tires or chains would help. Road closures can be frequent, so check conditions before traveling to this area. It’s probable that the Maloja was already used in pre-Roman times; the Romans built a fully fledged road over it which crumbled in tune with the Roman Empire. The pass was never of primary importance and only gained a lot of traffic in the 19th century connecting Northern Italy to the Engadin.

 

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