Stelvio Pass, Umbrail, Gavia, Foscagno and Mortirolo

By motorcycle between Lombardy and Trentino - Stelvio Pass - Gavia Pass - Foscagno Pass - Bormio. Hairpin bends, curves, good food and well-being.

Passo Stelvio night motorbike
Passo dello Stelvio at night - Ph. Shutterstock

By motorbike from Bormio, on some of the most beautiful passes in Italy between wellness and excellent cuisine: Passo Stelvio, Umbrail, Gavia, Foscagno and Mortirolo.

The small historic village of Bormio, with its typical stone buildings and the splendid view of the Alps (Ortles-Cevedale group), is the ideal starting or finishing point for some of the most important roads in Italy.

Content index

  1. Stelvio Pass
  2. Umbrail Pass
  3. Gavia Pass
  4. Passo del Foscagno and Passo Eira
  5. Mortirolo Pass
  6. Useful Tips
  7. Information and map

Passo dello Stelvio SS36, the king of the Alpine passes

Passo Umbrail or Giogo di Santa Maria
Passo Umbrail or Giogo di Santa Maria

Il Stelvio pass, in the main photo, (2.757 meters above sea level) is the highest car pass in Italy, in front of the hill of the Lamb, and the second highest in Europe preceded only by the hill of the Iseran. During the First World War it was the scene of bitter clashes between the Austrian and Italian infantry, being the pass right on the Italian-Austrian border. After the victory of November 4, both sides were Italian, therefore the pass lost its strategic significance to connect Vienna to Milan and therefore the seasonal closure was decided. It connects Bormio and the Valtellina with Trafoi and the Vinschgau, it counts well eighty-eight hairpin bends, of which forty-eight on the South Tyrolean side and forty on the Lombard side.

Umbrail Pass

Umbrail pass or Giogo di Santa Maria motorbike itinerary bormio stelvio switzerland
Passo Umbrail or Giogo di Santa Maria

You can also detour to the Switzerland directly from Umbrail Pass o Yoke of Santa Maria: and the pass alpine carriage highest in Switzerland, opened to traffic in 1901. From the pass you have a view over the Val Monastero, the Fraele valley, the Valtellina and the Val di Trafoi. From the yoke it is possible to descend to Switzerland, or to Santa Maria Val Müstair, through a small road where the asphalting works of the last 2,5 kilometers were carried out only in 2016. The road is narrow and sloping and descends for 13 kilometers into the underlying val Monastero, after 1.126 meters of altitude.

Gavia Pass SS300

Passo Gavia by motorbike on the white lake
Gavia Pass - White Lake

The Pass of Topsail (2.618 m asl) connects the Val di Gavia and the upper Valle Camonica, marking the administrative border between the provinces of Sondrio and Brescia. The road, very panoramic, is slightly demanding and in some places very narrow, it is therefore advisable to follow it from Ponte Legno in the direction of Santa Caterina di Valfurva (in Alta Valtellina), up to Bormio. About 300 meters away from the pass it exists, unique in Italy, a strip of Arctic Tundra, relic of the last glaciation (Würm Glaciation), which, lying on small morainic bumps, covers an area of ​​about four hundred square meters.

Passo del Foscagno and Passo Eira

Livigno Foscagno Eira Lago by motorbike
Livigno lake

Il Passo del Foscagno connects the Livigno valley with Valdidentro and Valtellina, up to Bormio. The pass is located at a height of 2.291 m asl and can be reached via the state road 301 del Foscagno. The pass is the only way to reach Livigno without having to go through Switzerland (through the Poschiavo valley and the Forcola di Livigno). The stretch connects the Foscagno Pass to Livigno and also crosses the Eira Pass located at 2208 m asl Image by Gianni Crestani from Pixabay

Mortirolo Pass

Passo del Mortirolo - route motorbike bike route road
Mortirolo Pass - Ph. Canva

Also known as the Foppa pass, it connects the Valtellina with the Val Camonica, through the homonymous valley of the Mortirolo, connecting the province of Sondrio with that of Brescia through the municipalities of Grosio and Monno.

It is a narrow and uncrowded road, as the alternative to the Aprica pass is much easier and safer to reach Bormio and the upper part of the Valtellina coming from Brescia or from Trentino.


Bormio is known for its well-being, taste and top hospitality, in particular for motorcyclists who choose this destination to explore all passivated most beautiful of the surroundings and to regenerate in the evening between spas and excellent restaurants.

Who travels in motorcycle he knows that it is not the destination but the journey that makes the difference. But let's face it, arriving at a property with a garage safe, comfortable rooms with mountain views, Swimmingpool, spa and a high standard cuisine is certainly synonymous with perfect travel.

Hotel Palace Bormio
Hotel Palace Bormio

located Bormio, 500 meters from the Bormio 2000 cable car, the Palace Hotel Wellness & Beauty is one of the best structures in Bormio and well organized for motorcyclists, for years now a partner of BMW Motorrad for all their motorcycle touring activities. In fact, the hotel has a guarded and supervised garage for motorbikes to sleep peacefully and with the motorbikes always dry. The restaurant (with stube) offers excellent dishes, the result of careful research and a perfect elaboration of local flavors, traditions and raw materials of the Valtellina and national territory. Available to motorcyclists, especially to relieve the fatigue of the Alpine passes, there is also a newly built fitness center and a wellness / beauty center, which offers a large heated indoor pool, massages, saunas, whirlpools, revitalizing showers and many other services. For info and reservations

Hotel Sport Caterina Valfurva gavia stelvio restaurant motorcycle bike
Hotel Sport Caterina Valfurva

If you are looking for other solutions in the area, a Santa Caterina Valfurva, a few kilometers from Bormio, awaits you theHotel Sport, with restaurant and very careful care for motorcyclists, with washing and drying services for motorcycle suits.

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