Bike tour Giogo di Santa Maria and Passo dello Stelvio

The Passo dello Stelvio is one of the most spectacular Alpine passes, also for cyclists. Here we want to present the ideal tour which best combines cycling fun and the experience of nature.

2,758 m asl., the second-highest for road vehicles accessible Alpine pass, this is the Passo dello Stelvio (Stilfserjoch) with its 48 curves and hairpin bends. Combined with the neighbouring Giogo di Santa Maria pass (Umbrailpass), a beautiful circular tour can be done, which we want to present you in this article. Our starting point is the little town of Glorenza in Val Venosta (Glurns), located at 900 m asl. We cycle on the SS 41 road towards Tubre in Val Monastero (Taufers im Münstertal, 1,250 m asl.) and cross the Swiss border towards Müstair. In the following village of Santa Maria (1,370 m asl.) the junction to the Giogo di Santa Maria (Bormio) branches off on the left. A gruff ascent to the Alpenrose Plattatschas restaurant (1,800 m asl.) awaits us and then further on through the Valle dell’Umbrail valley (with a not asphalted but well-traced out section of about 1.5 km).

Advantage of this ascent route is the low traffic, only few cars and motorbikes disturb the quiet of the impressive high alpine landscape. On the Giogo di Santa Maria pass we cross the border to Italy (Lombardy); shortly afterwards the road leads to the SS 38 (Strada statale dello Stelvio). Another 260 metres in altitude have to be managed, then we have reached the top. In order to have a good view on the road, the mountains and the valley, the short side trip to the Tibet-Hütte restaurant pays. The downhill run is pure cycling fun! Bend after bend we cycle downhill along the famous mountain pass road, past the Franzenhöhe tavern and the timberline, pass the village of Trafoi and cycle towards Prato allo Stelvio. Here we turn left into the road to Glorenza and 20 minutes later, our circular cycle tour is finished.

Please note: don’t forget your ID! A control at the border EU-Switzerland is possible. The tour is also possible in the opposite direction but less recommendable due to more traffic while the demanding ascent.

Author: AT

If you want to do this cycle tour, please take information about the current conditions on site!

Starting point: Glorenza (or any other place along the route)
Route: Glorenza - Tubre in Val Monastero - Müstair - Santa Maria - Giogo di Santa Maria - Passo dello Stelvio - Trafoi - Prato allo Stelvio - Glorenza
Cycling time: from 4 hours on, depending on stamina and conditions (e.g. temperature)
Distance: 65 km
Altitude difference: 2,010 m
Level of difficulty: demanding ascent, good stamina / training are required
Road surface: asphalt, short section on gravel in the Valle dell‘Umbrail (still suitable for road bikes)
Experienced in: September 2013

Suggested accommodations

  1. Activ Resort Bamboo
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    Activ Resort Bamboo

  2. Aktivhotel Zentral
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    Aktivhotel Zentral

  3. Residence Landhaus Fux
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    Residence Landhaus Fux

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