Passo di Gavia

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Recommended by 46 out of 47 road cyclists


  • Martin Donat

    A very nice pass! Scenic a smooth one. Deductions in the B-Note are available for - to my taste too many - motorized vehicles. Apart from that, it slowly but steadily climbs up to the summit without being too steep. But there is an awesome place: right up there is a tunnel waiting for you. In contrast to the otherwise well-known galleries, the tunnel is actually pitch-black. You just do not see anything. And: The drivers do not see you at all. So remember to bring at least a little lighting for this tunnel, it will greatly contribute to your relaxation. ;) If you do not want to drive through the tunnel, you can take the dirt road outside. However, he is not mobile with the road bike.

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    • June 27, 2018

  • Markus

    Pass height 2.560m. The road is single lane on both sides. From Bormio / Santa Caterina it is easier to drive as it is less steep (11% max.). From Ponte di Legno the street signs say that in between 16% are.
    It is a very nice pass. The road surface is partly very old.
    The tunnel is completely dark and also makes a curve so that you do not see the light at the end.

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    • June 5, 2017

  • Tjeerd

    Famous and beautiful gradual climb. Not too busy with traffic.

    • July 31, 2017

  • Bikehotels Südtirol

    The descent from the Gavia gives the cyclists special features in the area but also a long, unlit, single-lane tunnel.

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    • August 14, 2015

  • rob_webb_dbbc

    The Gavia Pass, Passo di Gavia in Italian, is located in Lombardy (Italy) and connects the provinces of Sondrio and Brescia, or more precisely the town of Bormio in the north with Ponte di Legno in the south, via SP29 (Strada Provinciale 29) , which is the ex-SS300 road.There are two ways to reach the summit, from Bormio and from Ponte di Legno. The climb from Bormio is nearly 25km long, but is the easier of the two since its average gradient of around 5% is much more forgiving. The ascent from Ponte di Legno is a few kilometers shorter, but is much steeper at around 8% with sections reaching as high as 16%!For many, Gavia climb from Ponte di Legno is tougher and more beautiful than the Stelvio climb from Prato.Gavia Pass (from Ponte di Legno) - HC / 18.9km / 8%Gavia Pass (from Bormio) – HC / 25km / 5%

    • July 12, 2019

  • Michele Baldoni

    Brutal climb but at the same time beautiful! Above 2,000m it seems to have ended up on the moon, in every sense!

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    • February 27, 2020

  • Alessandro Poletti

    Beautiful alpine climb, among the highest passes in Europe.
    Reachable from Ponte di Legno in ValCamonica or from Bormio in Valtellina this famous climb has often been the protagonist at the Giro d'Italia. Usually open from the end of May until October during the summer season and closed for transit at the first snow of the winter season.
    I highly recommend an adequate supply of water and food, some clothes to shelter from the bitter cold even on the sunniest days and a particular attention to the malaise caused by the altitude above 2000 meters above all.
    Another advice is to follow it early in the morning to avoid the heavy traffic of the central hours, especially of hordes of motorcyclists.

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    • June 2, 2020

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Location: Sondrio, Lombardy, Italy


  • Elevation2,400 m

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