Described by Clarkson as one of the best roads in Europe. But what does he know, he hates bikes :-)
Another Famous Swiss Alpine Pass
I happened across this route by chance and what a find! The first 8 miles to Saint Cerque are absolutely fabulous, if only the IOM TT had bends and surfaces like this!
Passo di Mortirolo isnt on many maps, let alone most GPS and most will not show the road correctly. Its a fantastic route connecting Mazzo and Monno villages, well paved, twisty, narrow and beautiful scenery. Im guessing it must be about 20 - 30 kms long and is just shy of 2000m altitude. It is little used and locally best known as a route on the Giro dItalia bicycle race. To find the pass - if riding from Switzerland over Bernina Pass to Tirano, take the highway towards Bormio and Mazzo is about 5-7 km. Watch carefully for the sign Passo di Mortirolo on the right. If riding from Bolzano (or south over Passo di Gavia) heading for Edolo, watch for the sign to Monno (about 5 km before Edolo) as the Passo itself is not signposted. Id heard about this Pass at the hotel in Le Presse and decided to find it as part of my route to Passo di Gavia, the Stelvio and beyond. I cant recommend these 3 highly enough, taken in either direction for a day ride adventure - you wont be disappointed. If you are quick enough and based in the area - you can easily go over the 3 and back again - Enjoy!