The climbs of Northern Italy are closely linked to the Giro D’Italia. The Italian Alps in the west are crowned by the Passo Stelvio, The Passo Mortirolo and the Passo Gavia. The Dolomites in the east offer the Passo Giau, the Passo Valparola & the beautiful Sella Rondas.

A cycling tour in Northern Italy promises unbeatable landscapes, delicious cuisine and the chance to ride in the tyre tracks of Italy’s finest cyclists.

Dolomites Cycling Highlights

Passo dello Stelvio

Passo Stelvio from Prato

The Stelvio needs little introduction. At an elevation of 2,757 m the Stelvio is the second highest pass in the Alps and links Bormio in the south to Prato & Switzerland. A regular feature of the Giro D’Italia, the Stelvio is notorious for its 48 hairpins.

top 2,757 m


24.3 km


1,808 m elevation gain


7.4 % average gradient


14 % max gradient


Passo dello Mortirolo

Passo Mortirolo from Valtellina

The Mortirolo is synonymous with the great Marco Pantani, who rode himself to fame on the brutal climb in the 1994 Giro.

top 1,541 m


12.1 km


1,301 m elevation gain


10.8 % average gradient


18 % max gradient


Passo Gavia

Passo Gavia from Ponte Legano

The Passo Gavia has it all: stunning scenery, narrow tarmac, a pitch black tunnel and an illustrious cycling history. In 1988 Andy Hampsten battled apolcalyptic conditions crossing the snowy pass to take the Giro lead and cement the Gavia’s place in cycling legend.

top 2,621 m


17.3 km


1,363 m elevation gain


7.9 % average gradient


16 % max gradient


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