Monte Pugliano

The Monte Pugliano is easily reached from any of our recommended hotel bases on the Italian Adriatic Coast. It is most famous for it's inclusion within the Nove Colli Grand Fondo. and is the highest point of this famous Sportive. The whole area is dotted with very similar hills. Although when taken by itself, it is not the most fearsome climb, the combined fatigue of climbing these 7km, 6% ramps really takes it out of the legs.

The Climb in Detail

“A mix of beauty, from the sea to the hills....” - Nove Colli Organisers


The Ascent

The main ascent to the Monte Pugliano is just under 9km long and climbs 500m at an average gradient of 6%. Although with a distinct plateau after 4km, this 6% figure is misleading. With the upper and lower slopes being nearer 10%. The climb in itself opens out to great views over the valley floor, and you can see the coast from the top. A note of caution (especially for those with tired legs). The lower slopes zig zag back on each other and the hairpin bends can be momentarily very steep!


Marco Pantani

This whole area is Marco Pantani country. It is where he grew up, trained and was sadly found dead in a hotel room. Il Pirata as he was known due to his bandana and hooped earings was renowned for his climbing prowess and you can see how the constant ups and downs of this area made him such a good climber.  

Its place at the Giro d’Italia

The Monte Pugliano has not been used by the Giro d'Italia, but the race has passed close many times. 

"I'm quite mad by nature, and it's my craziness that has saved me from extinction" - Marco Pantani - Rimini Local 

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