47 Mountain Passes in Italy that you should visit - With photos & details

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47 Mountain Passes to explore in Italy

Located in Southern Europe consisting of a peninsula delimited by the Alps and surrounded by several islands.

Brenner PassBrenner Pass, 39041 Brenner, South Tyrol, Italy

The Brenner Pass is an Alpine pass that connects Italy and Austria, located at 1372 m asl; it is located 80 km north of Bolzano in South Tyrol and represents one of the most important connections between the countries of Northern Europe and Italy. Since ancient times this pass was the most important link and communication route between the North Sea and the Italian peninsula. There was an uninterrupted migration of people, driven by trade or war.

Capannelle PassCapannelle Pass, 67017 Pizzoli, Province of L'Aquila, Italy

The Capannelle Pass is a mountain pass in Italy. It sits at an altitude of 1300 meters above sea level in the Province of L'Aquila in Italy's Abruzzo Region. It is located on the Italian State Highway 80 which passes near the Gran Sasso in the Apennines. One of the picturesque locations in this area and it is famous among the tourists.  The rain and the snow showers increases the beauty of this location. The Capannelle Pass is an important transportation point linking the Province of Teramo with

Cisa PassCisa Pass, 54027 Pontremoli, Province of Massa and Carrara, Italy

The Cisa pass is the pass that separates the Ligurian Apennines from the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines; it is located at an altitude of about 1041 m asl, between the provinces of Parma and Massa-Carrara and allows connections between the upper Taro valley and Lunigiana. The SS 62 Della Cisa passes through it, connecting Sarzana to Verona, while the A15 Parma - La Spezia motorway passes through the tunnel, which connects the Po Valley to the north with the Ligurian Riviera and Versilia to the south on

Col de JouxCol de Joux, 11027 Saint-Vincent, Aosta Valley, Italy

The Col de Joux is an alpine pass located in the Aosta Valley in the municipality of Saint-Vincent. The pass was in the past very popular, and in particular, it was used by the Valsesian emigrants on their way to Savoy and France who, through the Val Vogna , the Valdobbia and Ranzola hills reached the Col de Joux to continue then passing the city of Aosta and climbing to the Piccolo San Bernardo hill.

Col de TendeCol de Tende

The Col de Tende is a mountain pass in the Alps, on the border of France and Italy, at 44°9′ N 7°33.96′ E. It separates the Maritime Alps from the Ligurian Alps. It connects Nice and Tende in Alpes-Maritimes with Cuneo in Piedmont. The altitude of the pass itself is 1870 m. One of the picturesque locations in this area and also you can spend some nice time there.

Col FerretCol Ferret, 11013 Courmayeur, Aosta Valley, Italy

The Col Ferret is a mountain pass that connects Orsières in Valais with Courmayeur in the Aosta Valley, on the border between Switzerland and Italy, geographically joining the Val Ferret Switzerland with the Italian Val Ferret.  This second pass is of particular importance because it separates the Western Alps from the Central Alps, as well as the Mont Blanc Massif from the much lower Grand Golliaz group.

Colle BettaforcaUnnamed Road, 11020 Tache AO, Italy

The Bätt pass is a pass in the Pennine Alps at an altitude of 2,727 meters in the Aosta Valley, between the Ayas valley and the Lys valley. This pass is commonly called col de Bettaforcaz, Frenchization of the word Bättfòrkò, meaning precisely col du Bätt in the titsch of Gressoney-La-Trinité. But it should be noted that the toponym Col de Bettaforcaz is in fact a repetition.

Colle del MelognoColle del Melogno, 17057 Calizzano, Province of Savona, Italy

The Melogno hill is a crossing of the Ligurian Alps located in the Province of Savona. It connects the city of Finale Ligure, in the western Ligurian Riviera, to the municipality of Calizzano in the Bormida valley, and then to Piedmont through the Val Tanaro.  The pass is located on the main Alpine chain. On its north side, there are extensive beech woods, including the Barbottina state-owned forest, with centuries-old beech trees over 50 meters high. Beside the beech grow the birch, the Scots p

Colle del NivoletColle del Nivolet, 11010 Valsavarenche, Aosta Valley, Italy

The Colle Nivolet is a mountain pass located in Graian, the watershed between the Orco Valley and Valsavarenche, placed all inside the protected area of the Gran Paradiso National Park to the west of the homonymous massif, not far from the Italian- French border to the west. The road that, starting from 1580 m asl of Ceresole Reale climbs for 18.5 km up to the Nivolet hill, was built in 1931, with the main function of allowing easy access to the artificial reservoirs located at an altitude of ab

Colle delle FinestreColle delle Finestre, 10060 Usseaux, Metropolitan City of Turin, Italy

Colle delle Finestre is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.178m (7,145ft) above the sea level, located in the Alps, in the Italian region of Piemonte, Italy, linking Susa Valley and Cisone Valley. It's one of the highest asphalted roads of the Alps. The road is usually open from the first of June till September 30. The maximum grade is 14% and along its 18,6 km, there no less than 55 hairpins.

Colle di Nava18024 Colle di Nava IM, Italy

The Colle di Nava - simply said with Nava - is a crossing of the Ligurian Alps, located in the municipal territory Pornassio, province of Imperia, which connects the valley Arroscia and the Tanaro Valley.  On the pass there is an inhabited center, Nava, divided into two hamlets, almost joined together: Colle di Nava - on the summit - and Case di Nava, 500 meters from the summit on the side of the Tanaro valley . 4 km from the summit, on the side of the Tanaro valley in Ponte di Nava, is the bord

Colle San CarloColle San Carlo, 11017 Morgex AO, Italy

The Colle San Carlo is a high mountain pass in the Aosta Valley, located on Graian, not far from the Tête d'Arpy, from which it draws the name in French. Starting from Morgex you arrive in La Thuile after 10.5 km, about 1000 m in altitude, with an average gradient of 10% and peaks of 15%, making it one of the toughest cyclings climbs in the Alps.

Colle SommeillerColle Sommeiller, 10052 Val-Cenis, France

The Colle del Sommeiller is an alpine pass of the Cottian Alp, located along the border line between Italy and France, between Punta Sommeiller and Rognosa d'Etiache , connecting the city of Bardonecchia with the municipality of Bramans , in the French department of Savoy. During the short period of practicability of the entire road on the Italian side, the international motorcycle meeting Raid Stella Alpina is organized every year on the second Sunday of July, starting from Bardonecchia and arr

Colle superiore delle Cime BiancheColle superiore delle Cime Bianche, 11020 Ayas AO, Italy

The upper Colle Delle Cime Bianche is an alpine pass located at 2,980.6 m. slm ., which joins the Valtournenche with the Val d'Ayas in the Valle d'Aosta region.  The Colle was of historical importance for the commercial exchanges that took place between the Aosta Valley and the Valais Canton. It is debated whether the Walser in the 13th century arrived in the Lys valley via the Colle del Lys or via the longer but easier road of the Colle del Teodulo, Colle Superiore Delle Cime Bianche, and Colle

Falzarego PassFalzarego Pass, 32043 Cortina d'Ampezzo, Province of Belluno, Italy

The Falzàrego Pass is an Alpine pass in the Veneto region, in the province of Belluno, located a few kilometers south of the border with Trentino-Alto Adige, between Lagazuoi and Sass de Stria, which connects the upper Agordino with Cortina d'Ampezzo via the state road 48 of the Dolomites. Through the Valparola pass, one of the main communication arteries of the Dolomites, which is located immediately to the north, also connects with the Val Badia.

Gardena PassGardena Pass, 39033 Corvara, South Tyrol, Italy

The Gardena pass is an alpine pass in the Dolomites, located at 2,121 m asl between Val Gardena and Val Badia, between the Sella group in the south and the Cir group to the north, connecting Selva di Val Gardena with Corvara in Badia.  The pass is the starting point for many hiking trails.  In the surrounding area, there are numerous ski lifts and ski slopes, including the famous " Dantercepies " and "Cir" which, starting from the pass, reach Selva.

Gavia PassGavia Pass, 25056 Ponte di Legno, Province of Brescia, Italy

Passo di Gavia is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.627m (8,618ft) above the sea level, located in the Lombardy region, Italy. The pass is traversed by the SP29 road, and it’s often used on the route of the Giro d'Italia road bicycle race. It is one of the highest and even most beautiful passes of the Alps and divides the province of Sondrio to the north and the province of Brescia to the south.

Giau PassGiau Pass, 32046 San Vito di Cadore, Province of Belluno, Italy

The Giau pass is an alpine pass in the Dolomites, located at 2236 m in the province of Belluno between the Val Boite and the Val Cordevole, which connects the municipalities of Colle Santa Lucia and Selva di Cadore with Cortina d'Ampezzo.  It is one of the legendary passes of the Giro d'Italia, especially from the side of Colle Santa Lucia, for its hardness and its constancy.

Gola del FurloPianacce, 1, 61041 Furlo PU, Italy

The gorge or Furlo pass is a gorge located between Mount Pietralata and Mount Paganuccio, created by the erosive force of the Candigliano river, a tributary of the Metauro. Over the millennia it has reached a considerable depth, which however is no longer visible due to the dam, built-in 1922, which reduced the impetuous stream to a placid lake. It is located in the province of Pesaro-Urbino in the territory of the municipalities of Fermignano, Fossombrone, Cagli, and Acqualagna.

Gries PassGries Pass, 28863 Formazza, Province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, Italy

A scenic climb along an ancient mule trail from the Rhône valley up to a remote pass on the Italian border. The thrilling adventure combines history, wilderness, and a pioneering eco-project.  One of the scenic locations in this area and there is a high pressure gas pipeline runs over the pass, coming from the North Sea to Italy.