Location: Sondrio, Italy
Length: 17 km
Width: 5 m, 2 lanes
Surface quality (out of 5): 5
Highest point: 2.315 m
Operating times: June – November
Route: La Motta – Livigno
Forcola di Livigno Pass- Road Description
The Forcola di Livigno road is an international high mountain pass located in the Italian Alps. It’s right on the border between the canton of Graubünden in Switzerland and Province of Sondrio in Italy. It also is one of the roads that we recommend if you want to experience the thrill of driving in the Alps.
At an elevation of 2,315 m (7,595 ft) above the sea level, you’ll have some great views while enjoying the freshest air. This road combines the elements all enthusiastic drivers would like to get when choosing for a road to drive on. We’re talking about a smooth surface, serpentines, mountains, as well as a stunning scenery.
The Livigno road features two lanes, is asphalted and it’s closed during winter. So, if you want to add it to your list of roads to drive, we suggest you go there during summer. Most of the Alpine passes are only recommended for a ride during the summer season.
if you start exploring the Forcola di Livigno road from Livigno, the ascent will be of approximately 12 km, and the elevation gain will be of 450 heightmeters. Starting from the Bernina crossroad, the elevation gain will be of 263 heightmeters on a distance of 3.95 km.
Where to stop by
As you would expect, if we’re talking about a road in the Alps, we’re also talking about a scenic ride. The drive from Bernina to the Italian border is filled with beautiful landscapes.
It’s always a pleasure to drive on roads like the Forcola di Livigno. Since it connects two countries and both Switzerland and Italy have so many beautiful sceneries to offer, those that choose to drive on this route are in for a treat. Your drive will be filled with screes, green pastures, a narrow canyon and mountain peaks that still carry some snow. And to top that, this road’s quality is top notch.
As a tip, if you’re in the area, you can also stop by in the Livigno city for some tax-free shopping. This is something many people do when in the area. The downside is that so many supermarkets with low prices attract crowds, therefore also some traffic jams. Despite the traffic, the Forcola di Livigno pass is worth the drive and the wait for the pleasure of driving such a high road among the peek of the Alps, in two amazing countries.
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