Exploring the battlegrounds of the Alps…

Throughout history the Alps have been the setting for many a conflict. The forts and military roads that are scattered around the Maritime Alps are a reminder of the area’s hostile past, and they’re best experienced by two wheels. The Col de Tende, as pictured above, is a 1,870m high mountain pass that separates the Maritime Alps from the Ligurian Alps, connecting the city of Nice and town of Tende with Cuneo in the Italian province of Piedmont.

The road is no longer frequently travelled as a tunnel has since been built, but you could spend days exploring the old gravel military tracks that branch off and snake their way along the mountainsides, littered with old fortifications that used to guard the French Italian border.

heart stopping cliff roads
Heart stopping cliff roads