Stelvio Pass


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Stelvio Pass

(stĕl`vyō), alt. 9,048 ft (2,758 m), in the central Alps, N Italy, near the Swiss and Austrian borders. It is crossed by the highest road in the Alps, connecting the Valtellina with the upper Adige River valley. The road, extending c.30 mi (50 km) from Bormio to Trafoi, was begun in 1820 by the Austrians.
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It includes both the Pyrenees and the Alps and will take in many huge climbs including the Stelvio Pass (9,045 feet) in the Italian Alps.
The "Dream Road" at the Infiniti Pavilion at Pebble Beach Concours Plaza transports guests to the driver's seat of the Q60 Concept--revealed earlier this year at the Detroit Auto show--allowing them to virtually experience the performance of the next generation coupe on some of the world's most exhilarating drives including Italy's Stelvio Pass and the stunning Atlantic Ocean road in Norway.
From the Stelvio Pass in the Alps to the 200-mile coast road along the side of the Adriatic Sea have been truly breathtaking.
That's unless they happen to commute across the Mongolian Steppe every morning or do their grocery shopping at that 24-hour Tescos on top of the Stelvio Pass.
Although the roads do not seem to be in as good a condition as I have seen in some of the ads, the drive routes here parallel some of the very best in the world, whether it is the Stelvio pass or the Transfagarasan highway.
From Switzerland he will climb the 48 hairpins of the mighty Stelvio Pass into Northern Italy to make his way across the Alps to the Ligurian coast, and, finally, three-weeks and 1,500 miles later, reach his destination of the eternal city of Rome.
GOING UP: Now here's a thing - you can ski from April-November if you go up to the Stelvio Pass, where overlooking peaks reach 12,000ft.
The year I was with the ski team, they were obviously racing in different ski resorts, so we'd go through the Alps or over the Stelvio Pass, and we'd go to Bormio, Chamonix and over from Wengen to Slovenia.
Then it was back home via the Dolomites, with its spectacular Stelvio Pass, and the Black Forest.
That saw the three presenters, including Solihull's Richard Hammond, driving an Aston Martin, Lamborghini and Porsche respectively on a route that took in the Col de Turini mountain top in the south of France, the San Bernardino Pass in the Swiss Alps and the Stelvio Pass in Italy that contains 60 hairpin bends.
RIGHT: They will drive through the Stelvio Pass in the Italian Alps
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