Road Cycling Highlight
The nearly 1'000 meter high Passo del Bocco is a strategically important pass in the Ligurian hinterland. Although it is located on the main road from the Ligurian coast to Parma and leads into the great Tarotal, but who knows Liguria knows that that does not mean that is expected here with a large volume of traffic. The winding roads that bring great fun with the road bike, for the motorist is a very arduous progress, so you will prefer the motorway toll in the rule. In other words: you have the road practically for yourself.
The Passo del Bocco is actually a major intersection: two very different routes come from the coast from the Sturla Valley, once very challenging over the Passo del Ghiffi, once very regularly ascending on the direct route from Borgonovo Ligure. A road comes from the Vara Valley via the Passo di Malanotte. Last but not least the way to the Tarotal, the Taro rises a stone's throw from the pass.
The passage of the Passo del Bocco is always a pleasure and is due to the available variants often part of Ligurian cycling or hiking tours. At the top of the pass there are two Ristorante with bars, the larger being open only in the summer months. Here you can sit outside in good weather conditions and eat well.
Speaking of the weather: the climate on the Passo del Bocco is windy and rough. It is not uncommon for snow to fall here for the first time in September.
An ascent (or descent;)) that has several access points: from Borgonovo Ligure, from La Spezia Val di Vara and the easiest from Emilia (Santa maria del Taro).The Ligurian side from Borgonovo Ligure does not have prohibitive slopes, but it is long with 800+ meters in altitude in a 15km of km. The hardest part is at the beginning. Attention to motorcycles, all in all good road.