PASSO GAVIA

The Gavia Pass, one of the highest Alpine passes in Europe at 2,618 m above sea level, connects Santa Caterina Valfurva in the Province of Sondrio and Ponte di Legno (Alta Valle Camonica) in the Province of Brescia. From the Valtellina side the road offers an elevation gain of just under 900m in around 13km.

FRIDAY 19TH JUNE (CANCELLED) – SUNDAY 26TH JULY

– SUNDAY 30TH AUGUST (CANCELLED)

Gavia Pass closed to motorised traffic

from 8:30 to 12:30

HISTORY

The Gavia valley and its immediate surrounding area have been frequented by man since antiquity. It is on this road, at the incredible height of 2,350m asl, that evidence of the presence of humans here was found, dating back approximately 9,000 years. In more recent times the valley was an important trade route, in the medieval period merchant caravans from the Republic of Venice headed via Bormio to the Tyrol.

The current route is much more recent, dating back to the First World War. Most of the peaks in around the Gavia Valley were guarded by soldiers on one side or the other. It is right at this point on the Italian front that at over 3,000m above sea level the battles of San Matteo were fought, among the highest of the whole conflict.

SANTA CATERINA SIDE

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PONTE DI LEGNO SIDE

Road closed to motorised traffic from S.Apollonia

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