On this motorcycle tour, the main attractions will be riding your motorcycle through the Italian Alps
, the impressive Stelvio Pass
and then the legendary Forra Road (Strada della Forra)
on the western shore of Lake Garda
. On these heart-pounding roads with endless bends, hairpins, and sharp switchbacks, you will enjoy breathtaking views and beautiful landscapes! In addition, you will cross Jaufenpass (Passo di Giovo) 2,094 meters a.s.l., Gavia Pass (Passo di Gavia) 2,618 meters .a.s.l., Campo Carlo Magno Pass 1,682 meters .a.s.l., Mendelpass (Passo della Mendola) 1,363 meters a.s.l., Penserjoch (Passo Pennes) 2,211 meters a.s.l., and pass next Lake Idro, Lake Santa Giustina, the city of Merano, and the alpine village of Madonna di Campiglio.
, an exit on the Brenner Motorway, will be the starting point for this motorcycle tour of "Stelvio Pass, Forra Road, and Lake Garda". Left the exit, turn towards Merano
: you will first cross Jaufenpass (Passo di Giovo), 2,094 meters a.s.l. before getting to this city, which is an elegant, refined town with many parks and gardens and it boasts a very pleasant historic core that stands out for its noble Art Nouveau buildings and ancient medieval arcades.
Keep on riding your motorcycle in the westward direction crossing the beautiful South Tyrolean Alps
first and then follow the road that will begin to climb up towards the most exciting high alpine pass known as the famous Stelvio Pass
(Passo dello Stelvio in Italian or Stilfser Joch in German). Stelvio pass, 2,758 meters a.s.l., is the undisputed king of the Italian Alps and one of the most beloved passes in the whole Alpine area by the Italian and international motorcyclists. Stelvio pass is likely one of the most scenic drives and also one of the most photographed roads in the world. Once left behind the village of Prato dello Stelvio, the road will lead you through 48 breathtaking hairpin bends offering awesome sceneries over the Ortles-Cevedale mountains and the Ortles peak, 3,950 meters a.s.l. After crossing Stelvio Pass the road will take you downwards through another 42 exciting hairpin bends and also some annoying tunnels, fortunately, well-lit and with good road condition.
Now it is time to point your motorcycle towards Gavia Pass
first and then head in the direction of Lake Garda. On your way, you will pass next Lake Idro
of glacial origins, the smallest Lombard lake squished between high mountains offering spectacular panoramas. Now, some more kilometers and you are about to reach Lake Garda
, exactly its western shore
called "Gardesana Occidentale
From Gardesana turn off onto the SP38, the legendary Strada della Forra (Forra Road)
. Mr. Winston Churchill called it the eighth wonder of the world and Mr.James Bond drove here at full speed his Aston Martin in the movie "Quantum of Solace". We simply believe this is one of the most beautiful roads in the world where to ride a motorcycle!