Passo Giau is one of the most famous and spectacular alpine passes in the Dolomites for riders and bikers – Travel tips, guide and info.
To enjoy it kilometer after kilometer, we suggest you to start from the famous Cortina d’Ampezzo to Alleghe, a small village overlooking the lake of the same name.
|Elevation (meters a.s.l.)||2.230|
|Link||Cortina D’Ampezzo – Selva di Cadore|
|Winter closure||October > April|
|Road conditions||Excellent asphalt – pay attention to crossing animals|
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Arriving and departing from Cortina d’Ampezzo is always a strong emotion. The beauty of the Valle d’Ampezzo, the wide and sunny basin that hosts Cortina, attracts visitors from all over the world at any time of the year. It is surrounded by the Dolomites, a UNESCO heritage site. Monumental peaks such as the Cristallo, the Tofane, the Cinque Torri, the Pomagagnon, the Becco di Mezzodì are among the most beautiful mountains in the world. For motorcyclists it is one of the best starting points for visiting the most beautiful peaks and passes in Italy, from the Falzarego to the Sella Group, from the Cadore to the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. In addition to the numerous churches, Cortina was the site of the 1956 Olympics and among the various places to visit we also recommend the historic sites of the Great War, such as the Forte dei tre sassi. Here we recommend the guided tour by the expert local guides who will tell you many anecdotes handed down over time that cannot be read in the history books. Foto di kordula vahle da Pixabay
Whether or not you “detour” to visit the war museum, from Cortina, heading south, we take the SP638 southbound. From here begins our splendid brushstroke of curves, first in the woods and then the view opens up to the peaks of the Dolomites. We find ourselves driving with the sun that perfectly illuminates the mountains from the south and every open space is a temptation to stop and take a picture of the scenery. And you arrive gently in the large parking lot of Passo Giau at 2,236 meters above sea level. It is located in the center of a vast mountain pasture, at the foot of the Nuvolau (2,574 m) and of the Averau (2,647 m) from which it is possible to easily reach Monte Pore (2.405 m) or even the Mondeval alp. The view is something incredible and no photo can make the emotions that you feel. You can admire: to the west, towards Colle Santa Lucia, the Pale di San Martino, the Cime D’Auta, the Marmolada, the Piz Boè and the Setsass, to the east the basin of Cortina D’Ampezzo, with the Tofane, the Croda Rossa , the Pomagagnon, the Cristallo, Croda da Lago, Lastoni di Formin. Foto di David Mark da Pixabay
From this marvel of Nature we begin our descent towards Selva di Cadore. Once in Codalonga you can choose whether to make the most tortuous road through Colle Santa Lucia, or from Selva di Cadore take the more direct Provinciale 20 towards Caprile. Once along the Cordevole Torrent, the road becomes straight and you can finally relax to enjoy the arrival at the Lake. Alleghe is a pretty mountain village set in a unique and extraordinary natural setting on the shores of the lake of the same name and at the foot of the majestic Civetta Mountain, in the geographical heart of the UNESCO World Natural Heritage Dolomites. The village has unfortunately also become known for the Mysteries of Alleghe. From 1933 to 1946 a chain of four murders, which took place near Lake Alleghe and inside an important hotel in the town, became known as “the mysteries of Alleghe”, from the title of the book written by Sergio Saviane in 1964, anticipated from one of his articles for Il Lavoro illustrated in April 1952. The journalistic investigation determined the start of an investigation conducted by the carabinieri which ended with the arrest of those responsible for the chain of murders. These crimes also inspired the 1984 television miniseries Buio nella valle. Foto di Valter Cirillo da Pixabay.