Stelvio Pass
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Tommy L
Enniskillen, UK13 contributions
Aug 2022
Climbed the Stelvio from two sides, first from Bormio over the Umbrail Pass. Then we charged downhill and across a wonderful valley in Switzerland and back up via Prado.The climb was brutal but the achievement of negotiating the 88 hairpin bends was so worthwhile. I will return.
Written September 6, 2022
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NikJ
Ascot, UK793 contributions
Jun 2022
Wow…. 30+ switchbacks either side, but managed to get a Tesla up to the top and over on a cloudy day…. Could not see all the switchbacks from the top, but what a journey. Lots of cyclist, and thankfully few cars made it east to do.
Food at top was pricey, and not very hygienic.
Written June 29, 2022
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Chris R
Guildford, UK68 contributions
Sep 2020 • Friends
What a fabulous place to go. Named as the 7th or 8th toughest mountain climb on a road bike in Europe it’s worthy of its special position. We did it in snow and it made for an amazing adventure. Probably not very clever though on the way down. Watch out it gets incredibly cold on your hands and arms going down hill at speed. And yes we had every kind of top and under garment on! It’s just a killer! Watch out for black ice and be careful with the mountain tunnels! The views are fab but we missed it all due to snow and mist. But we enjoyed it still the same. An amazing adventure you’ll never forget. Enjoy!!
Written October 10, 2020
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sg2808
Reading, UK257 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
We drove using our small car and was apprehensive about small car’s ability to go up the mountains. So, it was not bad and the car easily managed it. Before the climb we had a very nice lunch at Motto restaurant enroute. You will find lot of bikers and motor bikers . There was not too much of traffic. There are few view points where you can stop and take pictures of the hairpin turns below. The view from the top is beautiful. Go and enjoy the view and the ride.
Written August 16, 2022
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KemikOjstra
Maribor, Slovenia1,498 contributions
Aug 2017 • Solo
Not only this pass is as legendary as it can be and is very enjoyable for all of drivers (of cars, motorcycles and cycles), it is more than just an Alpine pass. On the top there is a nice little village with hotels, souvenir shops, restaurants and stands with food from German and Italian traditions (as it is also a crossing of German South Tyrol and Italian Lombardy). There are also many nice views to the Ortler Alps on one side and Sesvenna Swiss Alps on the other. View to the road on the South Tyrolean side of the pass is like no other in the world. Driving on this road is one of the best moments in someone's life if he enjoys driving Alpine passes. For all cyclists, it is a great trophy if they pass this great test of strength and persistence. This pass, often Cima Coppi as the highest point of the Giro d'Italia cycling race, is simply legendary and one of the best passes in the world overall.

You can drive it in many possible ways. I drove with a car and chose to do a climb on the Swiss Umbrail Pass (which starts in Santa Maria Val Müstair and ends on the Swiss-Italian border, only nearly 500 meters from the top of the Stelvio Pass, and has some narrower parts from time to time) after visiting Sankt Moritz and Engadine Valley (with driving Maloja Pass and Ofenpass along the way) and did a downhill on the Stelvio Pass on the legendary South Tyrolean side. Experience of driving was just awesome. Stelvio Pass is really exceptional and one-of-a-kind.
Written August 15, 2017
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Joe Roman
Alexandria, Egypt49 contributions
Sep 2018 • Solo
I was cycling from Santa Maria, Switzerland to Sondrio,Italy.
I have to say what a wonderful experience, it was a tough journey climbing the 48 hairpins of the Stelvio, but then the descents to Bormio are just amazing! I want to point out something really important for the descents you should have good brakes on your bike( disc brakes are safer), and be aware that you enter 3 tunnels on your way down, one of them has a sharp turn inside the tunnel and the worst part I didn’t notice that there was a water fountain right on top of this tunnel, so heads up for the slippery road down there and the sharp turn!
Weather was lovely but then on the descent also make sure you have a wind stopper jacket and a pair of gloves for you’ll shiver just like I did!
I don’t know if the weather conditions are the same through out the summer but definitely in September you’d wanna grab these with you!
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Written October 3, 2018
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Through Distraction
Sunshine Coast, Australia35 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
Alps Passes (eg: Stelvio) and Internet Mythology…

Midday on the Stelvio in Mid October – 2 cars visible… Not as busy as myth would suggest!

Internet myths regarding the wonder of the Alps roads abound. I’ve searched and these articles might be called “Best roads in Italy”, or “5 Passes in the Alps you have to drive” or whatever… You know the ones!

I’m a bit of a driving (and riding) enthusiast. I haven’t driven all the passes in the Alps but I have driven all the key ones (bar a couple) and the majority of the ‘lesser ones’ (excluding France, I’m getting to them on the next trip). What I have found is that the realty is, in most cases, vastly different to what has been widely reported. Let's clear up two myths about the Stelvio Pass.

Myth 1 – The “Italian” side of the Stelvio. There is no “Italian side” of the Stelvio Pass. Both ends of the road over the Pass are in Italy. The Pass itself is in Italy. I see this written again and again. “We started out on the Italian side…”, “If you leave the Italian side of Stelvio and head towards Switzerland…” blah blah blah (thanks Jalopnik). The road effectively begins (or ends) in Bormio (Italy) and as far as I am concerned the road is back on the flat in a town called Agumes (Italy). At no point does the road enter Switzerland. Near the top though, on the Bormio side, there is another road that leads down into Santa Maria (Switzerland) known as the Umbrail Pass Road. Interestingly most articles never mention this road??

Myth 2: Myth Two – The Stelvio is too crowded to be enjoyed. While on the Stelvio, they say “The Stelvio is over rated” OR “The Stelvio isn’t a drivers road” OR The crowds are ridiculous and ruin it”. Bulls*@t! The Stelvio is an engineering master piece and I have had some excellent races up and down it with other enthusiastic drivers. The view from the top towards the Agumes end is the most amazing view of a mountain road in Europe full stop. The millions of pictures you have seen do not convey the scale. You must go and see it yourself. Traffic? Did you visit at midday in August and it was busy? Of course it was busy, all of Europe is busy during the ‘busy ‘ season. Can I suggest early June or late Sept/Oct. I have more or less had the road to myself. There were parking spots available right next to the “Highest Sausage in Europe” and only 50 – 100 other Pass enthusiasts wandering around. they say “Oh the road is narrow in places”. And they are right,on the Bormio side it is narrow and care should be taken as per almost every other road in Italy. Do go though, but remember it generally doesn’t open until the 1st of June after winter and closes for the winter around mid November.
Written November 13, 2018
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Chris B
Chagford, UK120 contributions
The only time the Stelvio is closed during the summer is a day in August when it is reserved for cyclists. That said try to avoid Fri-Sun and holidays or if you are there then stay very local, get up with the sun and drive the Trafoi side. Alternatively I saw virtually no traffic that side from mid-late afternoon.

Coming down the Trafoi side the hairpins have stone walls that stop you seeing what is coming the other way. As you both have to take the wrong side of the road to get round some care is required but on busy day most folk drove very responsibly and everyone was able to enjoy the experience at their own level. The only exception were the bikers from one particular country. The rest were fine. RVs and a bus service are some of the vehicles you may encounter.

In my view there is no best side to drive. Trafoi and Bormio are different experiences and both well worth spending time driving both ways. I approached from the Grimsel pass in Switzerland which is flat dirt in some places. If you take that make sure you stick exactly to the speed limits as you approach the start. The Swiss traffic police are lying in wait.

It brings you out at the top of Stelvio. I wouldn't normally touch a street food vendor but the legendary guy at the top is exactly that. Well worth a visit. The day before I drove through Davos over some other Swiss passes that are worth the drive and stayed in Ardez (Hotel Schorta) in the Romantsch speaking part of Switzerland. Worth researching if you are making the trip.
Written September 28, 2010
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Peter C
Newark, DE366 contributions
Aug 2014 • Couples
But it all depends whether you get your thrills from jumping out of planes, driving over very scary passes etc. lots of people love it, BUT NOT ME for sure.
Written April 22, 2015
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russ999rocket
Swindon, UK285 contributions
Jul 2011 • Friends
After staying in Bormio I went up and over the Stelvio Pass twice on a Rocket 3 motorbike. Both times it was in glorious sunshine and although enjoyable it is not a road suitable for bigger bikes as the hairpins are never ending. If it had been raining or snowing then I would have though twice about it especially second time around. Do not go up on a Saturday or Sunday as the pass is a rolling roadblock with bikes, motorycles, camper vans and sports cars.
Written July 12, 2011
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