Passo Pennes: the eastern Rhaetian Alps by motorbike

Passo Pennes, in Trentino Alto Adige, is a short itinerary in the eastern Rhaetian Alps between Vipiteno and Bolzano, but always very suggestive and fun.

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Passo Pennes - Ph. Canva

From Bolzano to Vipiteno and the Alta Valle Isarco: motorcycle itinerary to discover the Rhaetian Alps and the most beautiful areas of South Tyrol.

A short itinerary that runs along the SS508 and the Sarentino Valley, we propose a short but suggestive itinerary that reaches other steps to do by motorbike.

Altitude (meters above sea level)2.215
Length70 Km
connectionBolzano / Sterzing
Number of hairpin bends10
What to see in the surroundingsVipiteno, the Sarentino Valley, Bolzano, Reinegg Castle
Typical dishes of the areaRoe deer with blueberries, Val Pusteria ravioli, Zelten (sweet bread)
Winter closuresi
Road conditions and notesvariable conditions depending on the slope

Content index

  1. Val Sarentino
  2. Itinerary
  3. Where you'll be
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Sarentino - Ph. Canva

The Sarentino Valley

Already inhabited in the Stone Age, with settlements of hunters and gatherers, today the valley is renowned for embroidery on leather, which was done in ancient times and is still offered to tourists today, with the rachis of peacock tail feathers. Famous is the particular art of carving peasant pipes (Reggele), typical Tyrolean furniture as well as hand weaving and knitting, to produce the Sarner, wool jacket and the traditional costume of the valley, the Sarner Tracht

Itinerary

From Bolzano we take the SS508 and climb towards Sarentino, which we reach after about 20 kilometers. From Sarentino begins the climb towards Passo Pennes, which must be approached with caution as the slope can even reach 13%, as we pass from 948 meters in Sarentino to 2.211 meters in the actual pass. The road is not recent and in some places steep. At the top, a breathtaking panorama awaits us and a refuge where we can refresh ourselves. The descent, which alternates between the SS508 and the final SS44, takes us to our final destination.

Sterzing is one of the most beautiful historical centers ofItaly and one of the pearls ofSouth Tyrol. A medieval city center, famous for Tower of the Twelve which divides the historic side of the center from the more recent one.

From here you can also stretch instead towards the South West, towards Giovo Pass e Passo Rombo.

Where you'll be