LAGHI DI CANCANO
Of the four Enjoy Stelvio routes, the climb up to Cancano is not actually a ‘pass’, but an access road to Cancano, home to large artificial lakes in the Fraele valley for the production of hydroelectric power. Built during the First World War, it was completed in its current form for the construction of the dams (on which work began in 1925). With 20 bends, 9 km in length and a height difference of just over 600m, the road is overlooked by the historic Fraele towers.
SUNDAY 21ST JUNE (CANCELLED) – FRIDAY 28TH AUGUST
The road to Cancano will be closed to motorised traffic
from 8:30 to 12:30
Before the current road there was a more direct, yet much more difficult route, known as the ‘Royal road of Fraele’. The towers, which date back to the 14th century, were built to defend this ancient trade route that ran from the Fraele valley to the old village of San Giacomo, which was flooded during the construction of the dams. From there it continued on to Santa Maria in Switzerland via the Val Mora. The original road clung to the steep valley between the towers, which was made accessible to pack animals and carts thanks to wooden gangways that would stick out over the edge, the ‘steps’ (‘scale’ in Italian) which gave their name to the mountain above, Monte Scale.