PASSO DEL MORTIROLO

Of the four Enjoy Stelvio passes, the Mortirolo is the lowest in altitude. It is in fact ‘just’ 1,852 m asl, but fear not, it still offers a challenging climb. There are a few different ways to reach the pass. From the Valtellina side you can reach it from Tiolo, near Grosio, in 14 km and around 1,100m height difference or from Mazzo di Valtellina in 12 km and a height difference of 1,300m. In the last few years it has also been possible to access it from Tovo Sant’Agata, 12.5km and over 1,300m of extremely challenging ascent.

 

SATURDAY 20TH JUNE (CANCELLED)– FRIDAY 24TH JULY

The Mortirolo pass is closed to traffic

only from Mazzo di Valtellina (SO) and from Monno (BS) 

from 8:30 to 12:30

HISTORY

A transit route since antiquity, there were a number of parallel roads connecting the provinces of Sondrio and Brescia here. The two main routes were the current mountain pass (which is actually the Foppa Pass) and the real Mortirolo Pass, a little further north.

It was the scene of many battles, both real and legendary.

Legend has it that in the 8th century, Charlemagne beat an army of “pagans” here in a bloody battle.

What we do know for a fact however, is that during the Second World War, the Fiamme Verdi (the ‘green flames’, a brigade of partisans), beat the fascist militia of the Italian Social Republic (Repubblica Sociale Italiana) in two battles. The second was the more important of the two and is recognised as the most important pitched battle of the Italian resistance. It lasted almost a month and concluded on 2nd May 1945.

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