The Livigno Pass is a mountain pass in the Alps on the border between the canton of Graubünden in Switzerland and the Province of Sondrio in Italy. It’s one of the highest paved roads in Europe and it connects the Bernina Pass in Switzerland with Livigno in Italy. When you’re looking for a great road cycling route in Italy and a mountain pass cycling route, then the Livigno Pass should be on your list.
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Every keen road cyclist should visit this amazing country, because road cycling the Italian Passes is a trip of a lifetime, and the Livigno Pass road cycling route should be on every cyclists tick list.
Climbing the Livigno Pass Cycling Route
This Italian road cycling classic route starts in the beautiful Italian mountain resort of Bormio, where you can stay over in a variety of accommodation choices. It’s a circuit route, which makes it easy in terms of the end of the ride, as you simply return to your hotel or lodging, change and then go and eat.
It’s a tough day cycling, so be prepared and take lots of water, gels and food, and a long sleeved jacket for if it turns cold. Please take care on the descent and don’t try to be a Strava hero.
Distance and Ascent: 123km and 2694 metres of ascent
Refreshments: Cafe possibilities on the way at villages.
Livigno Pass - Route Details
1. This route heads out from Bormio on the SS301 minor road into the mountains. At 4.6km take the junction right onto the minor road ‘Via Degola’ as it takes you through tree lined mountains above a river.
2. At 7.3km in the village of Pedenosso, take the left hand of the two roads (almost straight on) towards Valdidentro.
3. At Valdidentro pick up the SS301 road again, staying on this to a summit at 23.5km by the Hotel Interalpen. 14 km of dscending are briefly interrupted early on, before this descent continues to Livigno and the base of the Livigno Pass itself.
4. At 37.3km turn left at the roundabout onto Via Florin, where the opportunity arises for coffee and refreshments before tackling the Livigno Pass itself. Now follow Via Forcola as the climbing begins in earnest. Intermitent tunnels and open mountain views now accompany you towards the Livigno Pass summit.
5. At 49.5km the border with Switzerland is reached along withthe summit. Best of all, there’s a whole lot of descending to do now and the opportunity once more for a refreshment break, as there’s a lot more cycling to do.
6. At 53km the road joins a junction with the Bernina Pass. Turn left here and continue downwards signed towards Tirano. We can visit St Moritz another day 😉 This road has sharp sweeping bemds and care should be taken on the descent.
7. The 33km descent concludes at Tirano and a more relaxed series of quiet narrow roads helps you avoid some traffic on the main SS38, before this has to be taken, along with sections of the quieter SS27 which avoid long tunnels, back to Bormio.
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