jaufenpass strasse oberhalb walten
jaufenpass strasse oberhalb walten

Motorcycle tour to the Giovo and Pennes Passes

This tour on two wheels takes to the Giovo Pass and Pennes Pass and offers powerful impressions and panoramic views.

The motorcycle tour to the Giovo Pass is one of the biker highlights in South Tyrol: Is is a perfext mix of stunning natural scenery, idyllic rest points and some sharp bends. The 200 km long tour connects the Val Passiria valley to the Valle Isarco valley, and is the shortest route between the spa town of Merano and the Fugger town of Vipiteno. The rather relaxing tour begins near at the entrance to the Val Passiria valley and continues throughout the entire valley towards San Leonardo in Passiria (St. Leonhard in Passeier). At the end of the valley, a road with numerous bends and turns winds up for 31 km to the 2,094 m high Giovo Pass (Jaufenpass).

The view from the pass height shows us the majestic peaks of the Oetztal Alps in the north and the mighty giants of the Sarentino Alps in the south. Heading downhill on the other side, along the road beneath Mt. Giovo (2,483 m a.s.l.) and Mt. Saxner (2,359 m a.s.l.), we reach the town of Vipiteno (Sterzing). Now it's time for the second mountain pass and the highest point of our tour: the 2,211 m high Pennes Pass (Penser Joch) which is open only from May to November.

Trough dark forests and along beautiful meadows the tour leads us through the Val Sarentino valley down to Bolzano. The main town of South Tyrol is - if you have enough time - well-worth a visit! The last few km we follow the MeBo motorway which leads us in about 15 minutes from Bolzano back to Merano, our starting point. By the way: on hot summer days, a gentle cool breeze will refresh your spirits on the Giovo Pass, but in spring and autumn the breeze might be fairly cold! The mountain pass is closed in winter months.


If you want to do this motorcycle tour, please take information about the weather and the current conditions such as closed mountain passes and tolls on site!


Route: Merano - San Leonardo in Passiria - Giovo Pass - Vipiteno - Pennes Pass - Val Sarentino valley - Bolzano - Merano


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