Stelvio Pass, Italian Alps

Passo del Stelvio | Bormio | Livigno

The majestic mountain range of the Alps provides cyclists with a fantastic challenge. Along with stunning scenery and incredible food and wine the region has become one of the most visited regions for its riding. 

Italian Alps

Staying in the Italian Alps offers riders the opportunity to ride some of Italy’s most famous climbs that have become household names for use in the Giro d’Italia. 



Located at the southern side of the Passo dello Stelvio, the town of Bormio is known mostly for its perfect skiing location but now also its location to some of Italy’s best-known cycling climbs like the Stelvio, the Gavia and the Mortirolo. 


Set in the valley where Europe’s two biggest national parks meet (Italy’s Stelvio and Switzerland’s Engadin), Livigno is an extraordinary home base for all sorts of 2-wheel adventures.


Bike highlights

Route highlight

There can only be one main highlight when staying in Bormio, the 48 hairpin bends of the Stelvio has made the pass one of Italy’s great national landmarks, it remains today arguably the purest, most exhilarating, most spellbinding mountain playground accessible to cyclists.

Bike difficulty

Difficulty level

Riding in the Italian Alps is hard work, with almost all the climbs categorised as HC or Cat 1 and it is very difficult to have a flat ride. That said, if you are a competent and fit rider, you will love the challenge and all that comes with riding in the mountains.

Bike best times

Best time to go

The best time to go to the Italian Alps is between June and September. All the climbs usually open in May, but the weather can make riding challenging especially at the highest peaks in early June and any later than September and you risk snow on the high ground.

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