Stelvio Pass. A dream road for the bikers and all driver. It a beautiful pass to challenge your endurance in riding a Bike.
The Stelvio pass is situated at a height of 2758m above sea level, in the north of Italy near Bormio. As with any famous destination, this destination also has a history of getting its fame. The Top Gear series around 2008 voted this as the world best driving roads. That was enough for all the petrol heads and the Bikers to start heading here with a sole goal to enjoy those twists and turns.
Certainly, I can’t blame others. Because that was one of my wishes as well. Yes, the day I relocated to Italy, this place was top on my to-do list. Finally, the dream came true this year.
Where to stay
My recommendation is to choose a place near to the Pass, say Bormio and its neighboring towns. I actually stayed in Semogo, a small town between Bormio & Livigno.
Staying close to the pass has its own advantage. First and foremost, you do not need to drive for long to get to the pass. Second is you will have the privilege to start early and beat all the traffic to do what you love most – yes the twist and turns on that mountain.
To reach the top, you have two ways to begin the climb. One from Bormio, and the other from Trafoi. But take it from me, do both.
When to visit
Due to the amount of snow this pass can collect, this pass is not open all through the year. Its normally closed during the winter and opens starting from the end of May. Do not worry, even in summer, you have nice spots on top from where you can get a ski lift and enjoy your summer skiing.
But my recommendation is to get there before August. Because August will not only be too crowded but also would make a deeper hole in your pocket. Best time to visit is around June /July for summer lovers.
Activities you will love
One more reason to stay in Bormio is the Bagno or the Thermal Bath that is available near here.
Also, there are literally 100s of trekking spots, numerous lakes, cycling trails etc.
If you are on the lookout for cheaper shopping, do not miss Livigno. Yes. This is one place where you can go shopping without paying any tax. You heard me right, you straight away save more than 20% by excluding the tax.
Make sure you refuel and fill your tank with gas. Yes, it’s just below a Euro for a liter of Diesel. Was 95 cents, last week when I was there.
Driving to the Stelvio pass
I started the drive a bit early from Bormio around 5 am in the morning. It was the best decision I made. Yes, the roads were literally empty until I reached the other side of the Pass in Trafoi.
Here is a short clip of the zip drive we had on the Pass. Do not be surprised with the language spoken in the video. Yes, that is one of the ancient language – Tamil!
Starting early, helped me to have a nice photo shoot stops. Once on the pass, I never had any idea how crowd this could be. I realized it only when I returned here in the noon after completing my trekking in the three waterfall area in Trafoi.
There is no marking that distinguishes the town Bormio and the pass. Just a few minutes of driving on the SS38 from Bormio, you will pass the Bagno Vecchio. Then before you realize you will be on the Pass driving through those amazing tunnels and twists.
On the way to the top, just a few kilometers before the top, you will find the Swiss – Italy border.
I took my first pit stop once I reached the top. And want to register my presence on the Pass in my album. So, here you go.
The sad part is, the board is full of stickers from several groups of riders and bikers. No clue why people do this, spoiling the signboards. Hey bikers, are you listening?
Once on top, few more pictures.
Then I continued to start the descend t reach Trafoi, where had a nice trek to Three waterfalls.
Once back to the top of the Passo del Stelvio, there are fantastic views once you approach the road to reach the restaurant Tibet. To reach here, you can just park your car near the Ski lift parking area and make a short walk.
Here are the panoramic views you can enjoy from this place.
After enjoying those panoramic views from top, it was time to say a good bybe to the Stelvio Pass. So, here is the soveneir for my presence in Stelvio Pass, Bormio.
If you have some time to drive around, you can also visit St. Moritz in Swiss. The drive through the Bernina Pass is a pleasure of its own. Do not miss, if you can make it on the same trip.
Tip: If you are just crossing St.Moritz to enter into Italy, you do not need a “Bollo” for motorways in Swiss.
Feel free to drop in your questions in case you have any on planning to this Stelvio Pass. Will try to answer all your queries.