People love motorbikes for the freedom they give to the rider. Not just the freedom to filter effectively through traffic on a wet Wednesday in Reading, but the freedom to get out and explore the world. Travelling abroad on your bike is growing in popularity so we decided to dedicate a part of our Road Guides section to a series of amazing destinations across Europe. Today we start the series with…
Valli del Pasubio is a town in the province of Vicenza, Veneto, Italy. It is north of SP46. As of 2007 Valli del Pasubio had an estimated population of 3, 537. The town is also known as a tourist destination. On the background of Valli, from right to left, we find the Pasubio, the group Baffelan-Tre Apostoli-Cornetto (Group of Sengio Alto) and finally on the left is the Carega group. These mountains can offer excursions in the outdoors for families and for experienced climbers. Among the excursions of Pasubio remember the Strada delle 52 Gallerie, Strada degli Scarubbi, Bocchetta Campiglia, passo Xomo, Strada degli Eroi.
There are many tourist attractions in the area but the most known and probably one of the most attractive is The Strada delle 52 Gallerie (Road of 52 tunnels) (or Strada della Prima Armata – Road of the First Army) which is a military mule road built during World War I on the massif Pasubio in Veneto, Italy.
The road winds between Bocchetta Campiglia (1,216 m) and the Porte del Pasubio (1,934 m) crossing the southern slope of the mountain, outside of the range of Austro-Hungarian artillery, with its spires, deep canyons and sheer rock faces.
It was built from February 6, 1917 to November 1917. A masterpiece of military engineering and boldness (it was produced by the 33rd Company of the Italian Army with the help of six hundred workers), considering the conditions and the time it was built, and the speed of execution. Work began February 6, 1917 and was completed in November 1917.
Its implementation was of great strategic importance because it allowed communication and transfer of supplies from the base to the summit area of Mt. Pasubio. Key aspects of the road include year round access, located outside of enemy artillery range and accessible by mule. These were all problems with the similar road of Scarubbi which is only accessible with motorized vehicles, within the range of the Austrian guns, and only during the summer.
Motor bikes are strictly prohibited though due to a number of fatal accidents so you are going to have to get out your hiking boots for this part.
If you want accommodation you can find few in the area at decent prices, starting from 28£/night
The area received mostly excellent rating from the visitors and offers images hard to compete with.
How do I get there?
If you want to travel with your bike you have to prepare yourself for a long and exciting journey.
The distance from London to Valli del Pasubio is about 900 miles, crossing through UK, France, Switzerland and Italy.
For information about the traffic regulations in these countries visit:
Aren’t Italian roads more dangerous than ours?
All countries you have to cross present risks higher than UK as shown below which may be a surprise to a lot of you.
Source: CARE (EU road accidents database), European Commission / Directorate General Energy and Transport http://ec.europa.eu/transport/road_safety/pdf/observatory/historical_evol_popul.pdf
You can see the UK score for fatalities at the end which, relative to the population is one of the lowest in Europe. On the other hand France has a rating of 51 and Italy 57, meaning that they present almost double the risk on the roads, comparing to UK.
At the destination, in Pasubio Mountain, you need to be even more careful, these roads being recognised as some of the most dangerous roads in Europe. But all the trouble pays off when you get to those wonderful landscapes.
For getting an idea of what you can find there we suggest to watch this movie with the headphones on. Off course we advise our motorcyclist to drive safer in these kind of situations: