Saturday, June 14, 2003

Roadtrip for P1800 : Stelvio Pass

Stelvio Pass Road - redefining switchbacks

Driving a P1800 is an incredible experience, let's make it even more enjoyable,
take a drive in one of the most beautiful road of the world, in the Italian Alps, near Bormio and Sulden, 75 km from Bolzano, close to Swiss border. (The road connects the Valtellina with the upper Adige valley and Merano) with an of 2757 meters it is claimed "the highest paved mountain pass in the Eastern Alps, and the second highest in the Alps, after the Col de l'Iseran (2770 m)". The only time the Stelvio is closed during the summer is a day in August when it is reserved for cyclists. The toughest and most spectacular climbing is from the Prato side, Bormio side approach is more tame. With 48 hairpins, this road is regarded as one of the finest continuous hairpin routes in the Alps.