The spectacular pass for mountain and sports enthusiasts
The Stelvio Pass is a spectacular depression in the Rhaetian Alps, at a dizzying 2,758 metres above sea level. It is famous for being the highest car pass in Italy and the second highest in Europe. It once connected Milan and Vienna, the two great cities of the Habsburg Empire. Today, however, it joins the Valtellina to the Val Venosta, along a road that features 88 hairpin bends, which makes it a real joy for cyclists, but also a stunning drive by car.
Open from May to November, Stelvio Pass offers summer skiing and unique opportunities for snowboarding, freeriding and snowkiting.
There are also hiking trails, which start at the pass and reach breath-taking heights, such as the one that leads to the Garibaldi peak, at 2,843 metres above sea level, or the route to the Pirovano refuge, at 3,028 metres above sea level.
Then there are the trails of the Stelvio National Park, offering 130,000 hectares of wilderness for scenery that is nothing short of unique. Finally, you can enjoy historical itineraries to retrace the events that marked the Great War.