The Drive to Venice                                                            Home - Europe 2003

We stopped in Vipiteno, Italy to check out the Reifenstein Castle. Beautiful, but we caught it at siesta time, so no tour:

       

There were lots of castles on this road. I guess because it was the approach to the Brenner Pass on the Italian side:

On the way south, Laura found a road on the map that was a shortcut and shown as 'scenic', SS46 from Rovereto to Vicenza, also known as the Fugazze Pass. Now SS means 'super strada' or 'main road'. Does this look like a main road to you? Laura quickly came to regret pointing out this route.

       

We immediately started gaining altitude. Soon the center dividing line disappeared because it would be pointless, given the road's narrowness. It was the finest driving road I've ever been on, but also one of the scariest (see below). Constant switchbacks, very narrow, opposing traffic, blind curves.

It appeared to be a favorite road of local motorcyclist too. Many times, one would come flying around a curve in my "lane" and he would have to take evasive action:

   

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