Bicycle tour from Vipiteno to Merano via the Passo Giovo

Quite a challenge for cyclists: the 2,100 m high Passo Giovo. The easiest way to manage is to start at Vipiteno. A not too demanding day trip.

Today it’s foggy. We start in Vipiteno and cycle into the Val Ridanna until Casateia (Gasteig) where we branch off right to the Passo Giovo (Jaufenpass).Bend by bend we cycle uphill to Calice (Kalch), the village above the Val Racines valley. We carry on uphill to the Rif. Passo del Giovo mountain hut. As we reach the timberline we feel the first rain drops, maybe a thunderstorm is brewing up, so we take a break at the mountain hut.

Then we start further uphill to the top of the pass, the last 100 metres in altitude have to be managed – then the highest point of our tour is reached – 2,094 m asl.. The sky brightens up slowly and we can enjoy a fantastic panoramic view on the Val Passiria. Racily we cycle down until the village of San Leonardo (700 m asl.).

Here we take the opportunity to have a coffee break at the Sandwirt guesthouse (next to the Museum Passiria), at the southern edge of the village.
Via the Val Passiria Cycle Route we proceed down to Merano and due to the fact, that we are not tired at all, we decide to carry on along the Val d’Adige Cycle Route until Bolzano. There we take the train back to our starting point.

Author: AT

Notice: if you want to do this cycling tour please take information about the current conditions on site.

Starting point: Vipiteno, in the south of the village
Route: Vipiteno - Casateia – Passo Giovo - S. Leonardo - Merano - [Bolzano]
Cycling time: approx. 4 h until Merano, plus approx. 1.5 h to Bolzano
Distance: approx. 59 km Vipiteno-Passo Giovo-Merano + approx. another 35 km to Bolzano
Altitude difference: 1,150 m
Level of difficulty: ascent a bit demanding, good condition/training recommended
Road surface: asphalt
Experienced in: July 2012
Tip: Avoid this tour on hot summer days! The ascent is exposed to the sun! The same for thunderstorms (fog and danger of lightening)!

Information about the cycle route Val Passiria S. Leonardo - Merano
Information about the cycle route Merano - Bolzano

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  4. Hotel Tratterhof
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  5. Hotel Hohenwart
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  6. Hotel La Maiena
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  7. Hotel Petra
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  8. Hotel Schwarzschmied
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