Classic Dolomites and
So you have 4 days to
spare in Milan and you are a biker. What could you do but ride two of the
most amazing rides in Italy, and possibly the world.
You can do it over a
weekend or in the middle of the week.
Day 1: Exit Milan on the
A8 and reach Como from here to Bellagio and then up the eastside of Lake
Como with a must stop in front of the Moto Guzzi factory in Mandello.
Attack the Splugenpass from the Italianside into Switzerland and then over
the fast and wonderful Julierpass into St Moritz for a quick coffee and Swiss chocolate
stop. Final ride over the Berninapass (view the Bernina glacier) and
Forcola di Livigno into Livigno for a tax free evening meal and refuelling
Day 2: Fill up on fuel in
tax-free Livigno and then head for Bormio. From here you start with 47
switchbacks to the top of 2760 meters above sea level reaching the mighty
Stelviopass and tick it off your list ;-)! Take in the incredible views,
eat a great Bratwurst at the top and the descend the 48 switchbacks
towards Merano. From head north towards Vipiteno on the Jafenpass and then
head to the heard of the Dolomites in Val Badia.
Day 3: Two nights in Val
Badia are the absolute minimum. One day on the passes around the Sella
group with an excursion with a cable car either on Falzarego or Pordoi
passes is esssential and don't forget the Passo di Giau (the best!!)
Day 4: Ride to Carezza
lake and then reach then use Passo del Tonale to reach the A4 in Bergamo
to return to Milan.
Clearly if you had an
extra day you could enjoy an intermediate stop on Lake Garda, but that is
up to you. The above is the minimum unless you like highway riding ;-)!