| The Bernina Pass and Forcola Pass Roads
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From the Valtellina to the Engadine Valley.

The road over the Bernina Pass is open all year round, and is every motorcycle rider’s dream: rich in hairpin turns, but still wide with two full lanes. This road leaves Tirano at 1407 feet (429 meters) and climbs through the Poschiavo Valley and reaches its apex at the Bernina Pass, (7612 feet /2323 meters).From Bernina Pass we recommend that you continue to St. Moritz, glamorous jewel of the Engadine Valley. For the return to Bormio we recommend that you take the road over the Forcola Pass; however it isopen only during the summer months.

The Route

From Tirano, 18 miles (30 km) from Bormio, you enter into Swiss territory and begin the climb between forests and small villages to reach the legendary Bernina Pass. At the pass, you can admire the beautiful alpine lakes, the White Lake, the Black lake, and Lake Crocetta, as well as the Cambrena Glacier. The descent is slow and gradual, permitting you to admire the mountains of the Bernina group, which surround the Morteratsch glacier, and includes the Piz Bernina at 13284 feet (4049 meters). After passing near Pontresina and Celerina, villages of typical Engadine style, you will reach St. Moritz. After a tour of the town, between luxury shops and chocolate shops of international fame, you can return toward Benina Pass, and then shortly after crossing the pass, you will find the left turn toward the Forcola Pass (7595 feet/2315 m). The road to reach it has few switchbacks, but is almost completely straight in the middle of the mountain pastures and it’s a pleasure to ride. Arriving at Forcola Pass, you will re-enter Italian territory and descend to reach Livigno, an extra-customs area. You can return to Bormio passing first over the Eira Pass (open all year round), and then the Foscagno Pass (open all year round), at which time you will pass through the Italian customs station. Total distance: 111 miles (180 km) IMPORTANT: remember to bring a document valid for international travel (identity card or passport) for both adults and children.