The pass of Penice is a must-see destination and itinerary for the North Italy’s motorbikers. Many bends for our motorbikes in an amazing area, famous for its rustic and genuine tastes. The Pass (1.149 m) is at monte Penice’s feet (1.460 m), in the comune of Bobbio.
It’s located along the ex A-road 461 of the pass of Penice, now provincial road, starting in Voghera, following the Staffora’s valley and, crossed the comune of Varzi, passing in Menconico, in the province of Pavia, to go down after the pass in Bobbio in the province of Piacenza with the name of provincial road 461 R. Immediately after the pass, to Bobbio, you can ride the ex A road 412 of Val Tidone’s valley (Pass of Penice – Castel San Giovanni – Milan), heading to Tidone’s valley in the comune of Romagnese, through the pass of Tre strade.
If you wanna go further, you can ride also the Strada della Val D’Aveto and arrive in Liguria.
In the past, it was a very important transport route putting in touch the San Colombano’s monastery of Bobbio (through the near pass of Crocetta with val Tidone) and the feudal lands created by Carlo Magno to control the access to the sea, but now is only a turistic destination and is no more a political-commercial point. Foto di Cosmin latan, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Close to the pass, around a parking area, you’ll find restaurants, hotels and bars, and in the surroundings a lot of holiday homes. The landscape is extraordinary, overlooking the upper val Tidone, the hills of Oltrepò, the lombard section of Po valley and the Central Alps; when the sky is clear you can see, behind the peaks on the border, the Oberland bernese’s mountains with the particular bent pyramid of Finsteraarhorn.
In the square of Bobbio there is the statue of san Colombano, elected the Patron Saint of motorbikers.