Stelvio pass 02


The Stelvio Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.757m (9,045ft) above the sea level, located in the Ortler Alps in Italy between Stilfs in South Tyrol and Bormio in the province of Sondrio. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of Europe. The road itself is a marvel of engineering skill; the exhilarating serpentine sections ask to be driven by experienced drivers for their own sakes. All in all, this could be the most magnificent road pass in Europe. It’s one of the most scenic drives in the world. The road over the pass, Strada Statale 38, is the highest paved mountain pass in the Eastern Alps, and the second highest in the Alps, after the Col de l’Iseran (2.770 masl) which sits 13 metres higher. The tour books advise that the toughest and most spectacular climbing is from the Prato side, Bormio side approach is more tame. The route takes you down the rest of the way with little more than a small barrier keeping you from tumbling to oblivion. Featuring hair-raising 180-degree corners, just one wrong move and you could find yourself going over the low concrete barrier and down the side of the Alps.