Activities

Ski facilities are rare (and locals are fighting to keep it that way), but Stelvio has a couple of well-serviced runs at Solda and the Passo dello Stelvio (2757m), both of which offer the novelty of year-round skiing.

The latter is the second-highest pass in the Alps and is approached from the north from the hamlet of Trafoi (1543m) on one of Europe's most spectacular roads, a series of tight switchbacks covering 15km, with some very steep gradients. The road is also famous among cyclists, who train all winter to prepare for its gut-wrenching ascent, and often features in the Giro d'Italia. The hair-raising high pass is only open from June to September, and always subject to closures dependent on early or late snowfall.