Motorbike itinerary: from the Brennero Pass to Riva del Garda

Schematic Route

  • The starting point is the Brenner Pass, on the main road ss 12 in the direction of Colle Isarco, Vipiteno, Fortezza
  • From Fortezza follow the road signs to the main road ss 49 or to the E66 in the direction of Brunico, going past Rio di Pusteria and reaching Vandoies
  • Turn left and take the main road s.s. 40 (Pustertaler Sonnenstraße) in the direction of Terento, Chienes, Falzes and reach Brunico
  • From Brunico continue to Perca, Valdaora.
  • Turn right, take the provincial road sp 43 of Passo della Furcia and go on to the pass (1759 m.). Drive down to San Vigilio di Marebbe and continue to Longeva
  • Take the main road ss 244 again to San Martino, La Villa, Corvara
  • Turn into the main road ss 243 in the direction of Colfosco and continue to Passo Gardena, then descend to Selva di Valgardena
  • From Selva take the main road ss 243 to Plan and enter the ss 242 to Passo Sella; here descend to Canazei
  • Drive on the main road ss 48 and reach Vigo di Fassa; then continue on the ss 241 to Passo di Costalunga and descend to Carezza, Nova Levante and Ponte Nova
  • Take the main road ss 620 to Passo di Lavazè, descend to Cavalese and reach Predazzo
  • In Predazzo enter the main road ss 50 in the direction of Passo Rolle passing by Bellamonte and Paneveggio.
  • Descend to San Martino di Castrozza, Fiera di Primiero, Imer. Then continue towards Canal San Bovo, Passo Broccon, Castello Tesino, Pieve Tesino, Strigno and take the ss 47 reaching Borgo Valsugana and Levico
  • Drive to Caldonazzo, Centa San Nicolò, Folgaria, Calliano.
  • Continue on the ss 12 in the direction of Rovereto, pass by the city and reach Mori
  • Take the main road ss 240 to Riva del Garda

Detailed Itinerary

Leave Passo del Brennero, pass by Terme del Brennero, and driving slightly downhill get to Colle Isarco, an important summer and winter resort located at the opening of Val di Fleres, surrounded by pine forests; continue to Vipiteno, an ancient and elegant alpine town that nowadays still maintains its medieval flair. Its Town Hall dates back to the 15th century, the Holy Spirit church to the late 14th century, while St. Peter and Paul church were built starting from 1474. The little town art gallery includes fine masterpieces by Hans Multscher, while Castel Tasso (12th century) is decorated with beautiful Gothic frescoes and the manor Castel Pietra with its St. Erasmus chapel is a true artistic heritage!
Drive by Fortezza, Rio di Pusteria (ancient town, situated between Valle Isarco and Val Pusteria) and get to Brunico, main town in Pusteria. This town is located in a wide valley at the opening of Val di Fleres, towered by the medioeval castle - Bruno, bishop of Bressanone, got it built in the 13th century. The castle took down his name. Continuing among larch forests and green terraces, you reach Perca, then Valdaora at the foot of Plan de Corones, at the opening of the Valle Anterselva valley.

Driving on the provincial road sp 43 of Passo Furcia - an easy, narrow but pleasant way - you leave Val Pusteria and enter Val di Marebbe. At Longega the narrow valley widens and after a while you meet Piccolino, a nice village immersed in the meadows and surrounded by conifer forests. On the other side of the Gadera brook there is San Martino in Badia, overlooked by an old castle. You pass by little villages; the street, past the river, continues in the woods - you meet two hairpin bends, then enter the nice valley of Alta Val Badia. At first you reach Pedraces, overlooked by the Croda di S. Croce, later on San Leonardo and La Villa - here the valley forks. Turn right in the direction of Corvara, a splendid resort located between the Sella and Sassongher ranges. Driving back for some hundreds metres towards La Villa and turning left at the first crossing, you reach Colfosco, where you can enjoy a wonderful view on the Sella range with its peaks interrupted by wide terraces. The road winds among meadows and pastures punctuated with huts, leading to Passo Gardena. The view on the Val Badia valley is amazing: on the background you can see the Tofane and in front of you the massive north-east face of the Sassolungo; our road is flanked by the strangely shaped Pizzes da Cir, while on the left there is the Sella. The road continues to the slopes of Val Gardena reaching Plan.

Mentioning the Val Gardena we cannot forget the local tradition of wood sculpture and carving, source of true masterpieces. You should not miss these colourful villages: visit Selva di Val Gardena, Santa Cristina and continue to Ortisei, the main town in the valley, famous international resort, characterized by its nice painted houses in liberty or Tyrolean style, guesthouses and little shops. Come back to Plan and continue to Passo Sella, following the hairpin bends. This wide pass separates the two dolomitic massifs Sella and Sassolungo and is at the same time a "frontier" between Trentino and South Tyrol.

Descent to Canazei, the most important resort in Val di Fassa, located in a sunny position at the foot of the most famous Dolomites ranges, such as the Sassolungo, Sella and Marmolada. Past Vigo di Fassa take the uphill road to Passo di Costalunga - driving among pastures and woods you can see the Monzoni massif in the distance, between the S. Pellegrino and S. Nicolo valleys, and over the bpeaks you see the Sella range; far away the pass (at an altitude of 1763 m.), where you get a glance on the Val di Fassa.

Descending, the road crosses the wide valley of Carezza, surrounded by the Latemar strange peaks on the left and the Catinaccio massif and the overlooking Roda di Vaèl on the right. From the high pastures you reach the beautiful Carezza Lake that reflects the nice Latemar peaks in its blue-green waters. The long and panoramic road continues with some hairpin bends and reaches Nova Levante, located among conifer forests, then the hamlet Ponte Nova and, past Novale, the Lavazè plateau and pass, after Cavalese, in Val di Fiemme.

The road winds in the valley, dotted with several colourful little towns, such as Tesero, Panchià, Ziano and Carano, Varena, Daiano - finally Predazzo, located at the crossing of the ss 48 and ss 50 that, with several bends, leads to Passo Rolle - overlooked by the sharp peak of the Cimon della Pala, with an amazing view on the Pale. A panoramic and fast road leads to San Martino di Castrozza, a famous resort. Follow in the direction of Fiera di Primiero and reach Imer; continue over Canal San Bovo - Passo di Brocon. This road full of bends leads to Passo della Gobbera, 988 m.

Descending, you pass Strigno, Borgo Valsugana and continue driving along the Levico lake, one of the most renowned nineteenth-century spas, well-known everywhere for its curative arsenic- ferruginous waters, unique in Italy. We have nearly finished our ride, and plunge into nature, in the mountains of Trentino, where clefts and pastures alternate wide beech and fir forests, then we reach Folgaria (1166 m.), the ideal detination of all nature lovers, a popular town that offers many attractions. The main road ss 350, with several harpin bends, leads to Calliano and to Rovereto, an elegant city, rich of cultural attractions. Rovereto also boasts a new seat of the Mart, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. Cover the last 20 km and get to Riva del Garda, The most important town on the northern shore of the Garda lake. It is located in a very nice position and is a famous resort. Here you can stroll on the promenade from the fortress to the town centre, or along the old quay, passing by the Apponale tower, the praetorian palace and the Town Hall. From Riva you can take the two roads that run along the lake: the east one continues to Peschiera, the west one to Brescia.

Hotel Brennero and environs