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:
Take a look at more ‘S’ here.