Every road starts (or ends) in Bormio, well known for the excellent ski slopes, the hiking trails, the World Ski Championship and the thermal baths where relax is the keyword.
The little borgo of Bormio, with the typical stony houses and the amazing view of the Alps (the Ortles-Cevedale chain), it’s the perfect starting or final point for a tour of the best roads of Italy.
THE STATE ROAD SS38 OF THE STELVIO PASS
The Stelvio Pass, in the main picture, at an elevation of 2.757m is one of the highest mountain roads in Italy, beating colle dell’Agnello, the second highest in the Alps, after the Col de l’Iseran. Before the end of World War I, it formed the border between the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the Italian Kingdom. During World War I, fierce battles were fought in the ice and snow of the area. Only after the war it was decided to restrict the opening of the pass to summertime because the pass lost its strategic importance: it didn’t link Milan and Vienna and the two mountainsides became italian. It connects Bormio and Valtellina with Trafoi and Val Venosta, it includes 88 hairpin bends, 48 of them on the altoatesino side and 40 on the lombard side.
THE GAVIA PASS SS300
The road is quite challenging, very scenic but narrow, so start from Ponte Legno and then proceed towards Santa Caterina Valfurva arriving in Bormio. About 300 metres away from the pass, there is the only place in Italy where you can find specific characteristics of the Arctic tundra, what’s left of the last glacial period (Ice Age Würm). Foto di gavia26210, Pixabay libera per usi commerciali.
THE FOSCAGNO PASS AND THE EIRA PASS
The Foscagno Pass connects the Livigno valley with Valdidentro and Valtellina, ending in Bormio. The Pass is 2291 m asl and is traversed by the SS 301 road. This mountain pass is the only way to get to Livigno without travelling through Switzerland (through the Poschiavo valley and Forcola). This route also includes the subsidiary Eira Pass (2209 a.s.l) which lies between the Foscagno Pass and Livigno itself. Foto di mstefano80, Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0.
Hotel Palace in Bormio
Set close to the centre of the town of Bormio, 500 meters away from the Cableway Bormio 2000, the Palace Hotel Wellness & Beauty offers guests the utmost comfort in a corteous and friendly atmosphere and is well equipped for motorbikers. The Hotel offers the following facilities: a guarded garage for your motorcycle, a restaurant where you can taste the well- known Valtellina specialities and a good selection of wines, Health and fitness, Finnish Sauna, Hydro-massage Iacuzzi and many others. For info click here www.palacebormio.it