Frizztext’s A toZ challenge: S is for Stilfserjoch/Stelvio Pass

I’ve been away for a few days, absent from blogging, but I’m not too late for Frizztext’s A to Z Challenge, and this week it’s S. From my travels, S could be for Salzburg, Sankt Veit an der Glan, Stubaital, San Gimignano, Siena, Spello, Spoleto, Sibiu, Sighisoara,  Sucevita, Ste Menehould, St Emilion, St Cirq Lapopie and many others.

I have decided to go for the most impressive Stelvio Pass (Stilfserjoch Straße) which is located in Northern Italy and is the second highest built paved Alpine pass. Built between 1820 and 1825,  it is an amazing feat of civil engineering.

Some years ago, Top Gear (British TV programme) rated it the best driving road…it is quite something, I agree. I have twice driven it, but notice that it has now been resurfaced. The first time was a great drive in bright sunshine on a rather rough road, driving up the Northern side with it’s 48 hairpin bends. Quite a challenge for our classic sportscar. The second time it was very misty when we did the route in reverse (in the same car). When we arrived at the top of the pass, we were greeted by this sight:

Stormclouds over the Stelvio

Stormclouds over the Stelvio

Take a look at more ‘S’ here.


  1. Cracking shot Sue – I have ambitions to drive and ride that road 😈

  2. I love winding roads! Lovely one at the top of Franschhoek Valley in SA called the Cats Road and another one is the Stalheimskleiva hairpin road which is one of the steepest roads in Northern Europe, built during 1842-1846. The road has 13 hairpin bends, with Stalheim Hotel located at the top overlooking the road and the Naeroy Valley. Not so many bends as yours but much steeper. Sadly I only walked up them!

    Great photo Sue! Must have been magic in a classic sports car – open top?

    • Thanks Jude! Just rescued you from my Spam…no idea why your post ended up there.:(. My little car is open top, sadly don’t use it so much now as I tend to drive an automatic due to my health. But I’ve had some great adventures!

  3. Oh man… that adds a whole new dimension to “taking the scenic route”!

  4. Breathtaking! Have you ever seen “Trollstigen” in Norway? 🙂

    • I have never been to Norway…another country on my list to see! What is Trollstigen?

      • Trollstigen is a road through west Norwegian nature at its most powerful, with a dizzying view of sheer mountainsides, waterfalls, deep fjords and fertile valleys. Since tourism was in its infancy, tourists from all over the world have visited Geiranger and Trollstigen.

      • Sounds spectacular!

  5. “S” is for SUE: listen to my guitar, playing SWEET SUE:

  6. such a beautiful shot Susan! Wonderful place!


    JUST WOW! I would love to ride a bike on this road. Gorgeous shot Sue!

  8. Wow.. what a beautiful scenery !!!
    Beautiful shot…

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