Stelvio Pass: Italy
The weirder the road the more thrills it can offer a driver which is why we’ve checked out this assortment of crazy roads. Some twists up and downhill, others take the driver way too close to the edge of some canyon or mountain, and others are odd man-made ribbons of tarmac that make you wonder what the designer was thinking of.
The first one on our list is a really challenging piece of tarmac that winds up the hillside of the Stelvio Pass in the Eastern Alps. This road is 9,000 feet above sea level but that’s not what’s weird about it. There are 70 hairpins turns on this twisting, torturous path which will test even the very best driver. This is the highest paved mountain pass in the Eastern Alps so you’ll need a head for heights whether you’re driving or coming along as a passenger. At one time, this was the border of the Kingdom of Italy and the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and we can see why. It wouldn’t have a very hard border to protect given how hard it is to navigate when no one’s trying to stop you.
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