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

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22 Mountain Passes to explore in Italy

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

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

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 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 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.

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.

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.

Mont-FallèreMont-Fallère, 11010 Gignod, Aosta Valley, Italy

The Mont Fallère is located in the Alps Grand Combin in Valle d'Aosta.  The mountain, as well as with the name of Mont-Fallère with which it is designated by the official cartography of the Valle d'Aosta Region, also appears without the hyphen or as Monte Fallere [2] or Monte Fallère.  From the summit, you have a panoramic view of Mont Blanc, the Grand Combin, the Grivola, and many other mountains of the Graian Alps and the Pennine Alps.

Mortirolo PassMortirolo Pass, 23030 Mazzo di Valtellina, Province of Sondrio, Italy

Mortirolo Pass is a high mountain pass in the Alps in Italy. One of the few climbs in the world that strikes fear even in the hearts of professional riders. It can be climbed by three roads, although the one from Mazzo di Valtellina is the most famous and only twice the Giro d'Italia climbed the mountain from alternative sides. One of the greenish and quite risky locations and also it is a nice trekking destination too.

Passo dei SalatiPasso dei Salati, 13021 Alagna Valsesia, Province of Vercelli, Italy

The step of Salati is a mountain pass that constitutes the natural border between the Valsesia and the valley of Lys, respectively, in Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta.  The pass opens between the Corno del Camoscio and the Stolemberg. It is reached by two important and modern cableways, a cableway coming from Gressoney-La-Trinité and a funifor from Alagna, included in the extensive Monterosaski ski area, one of the largest in Italy.

Passo FedaiaPasso Fedaia, 32023 Rocca Pietore, Province of Belluno, Italy

The Fedaia pass is an alpine pass located on the border between Trentino-Alto Adige and Veneto, between the provinces of Trento and Belluno, which connects the Val di Fassa to Agordino, at the foot of the Marmolada, through the state road 641 of the Fedaia Pass.  The pass is formed by a plateau of about 2.5 kilometers, near which there is an artificial lake, Lake Fedaia, used for the production of hydroelectric energy.

Passo San Leonardo67030 Passo San Leonardo AQ, Italy

Passo San Leonardo is a pass of the central Apennines, located in Abruzzo, in the western part of the Majella massif and south-east of the Morrone Mountains group, within the municipalities of Pacentro and Sant 'Eufemia a Maiella. Route from the state road 487, it connects Pacentro with Sant'Eufemia a Maiella, with the possibility of reaching Campo di Giove through the provincial road 54.

Tonale PassTonale Pass, 25056 Ponte di Legno, Province of Brescia, Italy

The Tonale Pass is a mountain pass in the southern Rhaetian Alps separating the Ortler Alps to the north of the Alps of 'Adamello and Presanella to the south, connecting the Val di Sole to the east with the Alta Valle Camonica to the west. The Tonale pass is a base for numerous mountaineering and hiking itineraries that allow you to make contact with the nature of the Rhaetian Alps and the historical reality of the White War which here has left numerous signs still alive in the landscape.