Gardena Pass, Italy

During the making of issue one of Adventure Bike Rider back in 2010, Publisher and Founder Alun Davies travelled to the spectacular Dolomites mountain range in northern Italy for the first-ever ABR travel feature. 

In the resulting story, he described seeing ‘huge, vertical, grey limestone cliffs rising thousands of metres out of lush Alpine meadows, slender towers of precipitous white rocks, and jagged skyline ridges looking for all the world like the turrets of a formidable fortress.’ The roads were pretty special too. 

One of the most impressive is the Gardena Pass (pictured) which contorts its way through the Dolomites for 13 exhilarating miles, rising to an elevation of 2,136m, as it connects the towns of Selva and Corvara. The road forms part of the Sella Ronda, a circular route that links four mountains passes: Passo Sella, Passo Pordoi, Passo Campolongo, and Passo Gardena. Trust us when we say it’s an unforgettable ride and certainly one for your bucket list.