Having wanted to take in the very best scenery of the alps and visit a place relatively untouched some were accessible by car a place called "Col Du Grand" kept popping up in conversation with swiss locals and web searches. Doing some research I found out it was the great St. Bernard pass that linked Switzerland to Italy a scenic route and alternative to taking the tunnel.
The pass got its name from the rescue dogs st bernards the dogs were bred in switzerland by monks in the 17th century on the wiss side of the pass. The pass was used to shoot the opening scene in the1969 Italian job it shows the mafia boss in the film driving a red Lamborghini Miura through the Italian side of he pass north west Italy. The pass has a long historic past Napoleon crossed the pass in the beginning of the 18th century leading his army to war.
Driving on the Swiss side leading up to the border of Italy you come to a tunnel and sighns saying "col du grand" veering off to the right take the road on the right avoiding the tunnel you are now on the grand St. Bernard pass miles of open air, breath taking scenery, mountains and lakes lie in wait for your arrival. The Italian side of the pass is more open to scenery and is the nicer side. The pass opens may and closes mid October depending on weather conditions if traveling from Switzerland to Italy I can think of no better road to take than the famous Col Du grand.
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