Photographer's Note

The eastern side of the road over Passo dello Stelvio/Stilfserjoch at 2.757 m (9,045 ft) above sea level, which is only 13 m (43 ft) lower than Col de l'Iseran in France. As you can see here we did that in 2012.

The pass is located at the border between Lombardia and South Tyrol, connecting Bormio in the Valltelina valley with Prad [Prato] in the Vinschgau [Venosta] valley. This means passing the border between the Italian and German languages.

The road passes a mere 200 m from the Swiss border (adding the language Romansh) and you're actually able to climb an easy path to Refugio Garibaldi and Piz da las Trais Linguas (Three-Languages-Peak) at 2.843 m (9,327 ft).

The road was originally built in 1820-25 by the Austrian Empire and very little is changed, so the 75 hairpin turns are a challenge to motorists. It's open from June to September. And on one day in late August the pass is closed to motor vehicles when about 8,000 cyclists ride on the Stelvio.

It was picked by the show Top Gear as the "greatest driving road in the world".

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Additional Photos by Kaj Nordstrom (kajenn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 240 N: 849] (2454)
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