Pass of the Penice

Curves, good food and always lots of bikes every weekend. The Penice Pass is a timeless tour to do at least once a month!

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Trebbia Valley - Emilia Romagna

The Penice Pass is a classic among motorcyclists in central and northern Italy, for every bike and for those who want lots of curves and good food.

Many curves for our motorcycles in a wonderful area with rustic and genuine flavors of the high Emilia region. The pass (1.149 m) is at the foot of Mount Penice (1.460 m), in the municipality of Bobbio.

Content index

  1. The path
  2. Bobbio
  3. variants
  4. Map and information

The path

It is located along the former state road 461 of the Passo del Penice, now the provincial road, which begins in Voghera, climbs up the Staffora valley and after the municipality of Varzi passes through that of Menconico, in the province of Pavia, to descend after the pass a Bobbio in the province of Piacenza as the provincial road 461 R. Just after the pass, towards Bobbio, connects the former state road 412 of Val Tidone (Penice Pass - Castel San Giovanni - Milan), which leads to Val Tidone in the municipality of Romagnese, through the Three Roads pass.


Bobby, in Trebbia Valley, is located at the foot of the Mount Penice. It was one of the main centers of religious culture in Italy and a cosmopolitan center of art, culture and science. A destination not to be missed for your tours in motorcycle or as a stop on the planned itinerary.

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Bobbio - Ponte Gobbo

You cannot leave Bobbio in the summer without first having traveled the Gobbo Bridge and having made the rub and a stop in the local bars in the center, to enjoy the walk and the coolness, which here always allows you to recover from the heat.


Often, for those who want to grind more kilometers, it can be combined with the Road of the Val D'Aveto and scollinare in Liguria.

Important way of communication in the past when it allowed to keep contacts between the monastery of San Colombano di Bobbio and its possessions (through the nearby Crocetta pass with the Tidone valley) and communications through the imperial fiefs created by Charlemagne to maintain control of access to the sea, has gradually lost its political-commercial importance to keep only the tourist one .

Further information

At the point of the pass, around a square used as a parking lot, there are restaurants, hotels and bars, and in the surrounding area a fair number of holiday homes. The panorama is exceptional, dominating the upper Val Tidone, the sloping hilly ridges of the Oltrepò, the entire Lombard section of the Po valley and the Central Alps; on clear days it is even possible to see peaks of the Bernese Oberland such as the characteristic slanting pyramid of the Finsteraarhorn behind the peaks on the border.

In the square of Bobbio is placed there statue of San Colombano named patron and protector of motorcyclists.