Stelvio Pass on a motorcycle. Are you sure you’ve seen everything on the Queen of the Alpine Passes?

Riding the Stelvio Pass on a motorcycle is undoubtedly the dream of many motorcyclists. No wonder, because from the Bormio side there are 82 turns that often lead to a faster heartbeat. This year we decided to stay longer on Stelvio to enjoy the views, to see the sunrise and sunset, to drive onto Livrio. To be there, to feel it, not just to arrive and go down, because you can see and do much more than you think.

Stelvio Pass on a motorcycle – the motorcycle driver’s dream come true

Stelvio is a real motorcycle Mecca and although some of you probably think that it is overrated and commercial, its incredible beauty can not be resisted. It is a dream which comes true for every motorcycle rider. Although I must admit that the Stelvio Pass in a season turns into a market, and that view many people don’t like. Where it is nice and beauty – there will always be peoples who want to admire the beauty and the other ones who wanna earn on it. At Stelvio Pass for the first time, we were last year, we wrote about it here. This time we had a little more time alone with the Queen of the Mountain Passes and all the attractions she offers.

The Stelvio Pass on a motorcycle – a magical sunrise

In fact, it is impossible to describe in words what we have seen. The sunrise on Stelvio is an amazing experience! It is really worth to wake up at dawn to experience it on your own, to see it with your own eyes. Surely we do not recommend riding to the pass at night to see the sunrise. In the morning, the valleys and lower parts of the mountains usually sink in the fog, and the road is wet and therefore even more dangerous. If you want to witness the sunrise on Stelvio, it is worth booking accommodation in one of the hotels on the pass. We slept in the Folgore Hotel. We recommend it, although the hotel with its design does not impress. It captivates with its climate, evening fireplace, and restaurant with brilliant service and delicious food. The link to the hotel you will find below. From the two sunrises, one was phenomenal, the other was, due to weather conditions, quite common, even on Stelvio. With a bit of luck, you can admire such views as in the pictures.

Hotel Folgore


A very climatic place at the very top of the Stelvio Pass. Great food, very nice and helpful staff. And a glass of beer or a glass of wine by the fireplace, after a wonderful dinner and beautiful views outside the window will put us in a great mood and provide a good rest after a day full of excitement. Motorcycles can be hidden in a locked garage, where they will safely wait for us until the morning.

Hotel Folgore



A very climatic place at the very top of the Stelvio Pass. Great food, very nice and helpful staff. And a glass of beer or a glass of wine by the fireplace, after a wonderful dinner and beautiful views outside the window will put us in a great mood and provide a good rest after a day full of excitement. Motorcycles can be hidden in a locked garage, where they will safely wait for us until the morning.
Stelvio na motocyklu
Stelvio na motocyklu

Stelvio Pass on a motorcycle – our first, more than 3000-meter mountain in life

What else can we recommend to do on Stelvio Pass? Take the cable car on Livrio. The views are fabulous and you can also say that the 3,000-metre peak has been “captured”. If you want to, you can, of course, go for it in the traditional way – on your own feet, but for us, it was definitely too titanic effort. The cable car is available from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM. The two-way ticket price is 20 €. You can also purchase a ticket only for the first station, it costs 16 €, but we discourage this option is completely because the views are not so spectacular and the savings are very small. 20 € may seem like a little bit of a lot, especially when, in your head, and you’ve converted it into PLN, but the mountain views are worth the price.

Stelvio na motocyklu
Stelvio na motocyklu

Stelvio Pass on a motorcycle – a journey of the beautiful and underestimated Umbrailpass

The drive from the Bormio side is probably the most popular, a few nice vantage points along the way (especially right next to the old road with a view of the corners at the bottom), a milder driveway than from the Prad side and a better quality of the surface. There is another road that can be found on Stelvio Pass. It is no less scenic then road from Bormio side and practically empty – Umbrailpass on the Swiss side. Much better surface and the cars passed by can be counted on the fingers of one hand. It’s really worth it! Umbrailpass was one of the reasons why we stayed on Stelvio.

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Stelvio Passo on a motorcycle – buy a picture of you

We don’t know if you’ve noticed (we didn’t notice it last year – probably too many impressions) the points where the photographer takes pictures of approaching motorcyclists and cyclists. Usually, there are two of them, one from the Bormio side and the other one from the Prad side. The photos can be seen and bought on the FotoStelvio website. One photo costs 8 €. To make it easier for yourself to find a picture of you, it is worth to remember the hour when the photographer took the photo. Some of the photos are really great! Especially when you already know at what place you have to wave to the camera. A nice souvenir, in our opinion much nicer than the mass sold t-shirts, clips or magnets on the Stelvio Pass.

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A bunch of useful links at the end

  • We have prepared a ready-made proposal for a trip to the Alps and the Italian Dolomites, which of course includes Stelvio Pass. Take a look at our plan day-by-day – maybe it will help you or inspire you to change your route. The link to the article can be found here.
  • We have visited Stelvio Pass many times. Link to our other entry about the Queen of the Alpine Passes can be found here.
  • Stelvio has a beautiful friend right next door, see the Passo di Gavia entry.
  • Practically information about Italy, what to look for and to prepare for, you will find in our guide Italy practically.
  • Our route, which we chose on our way to Italy, is described here. You will find there a map and useful information.
  • Do you go further on the Italian highways? Check in our article what costs you have to prepare for.
  • We wrote about the traffic regulations and parking rules in Italy in this article.
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Ostello Alpino
Berghotel Franzenshöhe
Hotel Bella Vista






Great location in Bormio, clean, plenty of facilities for sportsmen and sportswomen - garage for bicycles, motorcycles, service station, hose with water to wash the equipment, parking.
Beautiful location - great views. Very close to Stelvio Pass, bus stop right next to the hotel. Very clean, friendly staff.
The hotel is located north of the Stelvio Pass, but also inviting us with its magnificent views from the windows and excellent service.



Ostello Alpino


Great location in Bormio, clean, plenty of facilities for sportsmen and sportswomen - garage for bicycles, motorcycles, service station, hose with water to wash the equipment, parking.

Berghotel Franzenshöhe


Beautiful location - great views. Very close to Stelvio Pass, bus stop right next to the hotel. Very clean, friendly staff.

Hotel Bella Vista


The hotel is located north of the Stelvio Pass, but also inviting us with its magnificent views from the windows and excellent service.

Stelvio na motocyklu

Comments (17)

Coś niesamowitego. Muszę rzec, że ciut zazdroszczę Wam takiej jazdy i tych widoków. Szkoda, że już nie będę mogła jeździć na motorze – jako pasażer oczywiście .
Mimo to z chęcią pozwiedzam z Wami świat.

Niesamowita trasa. Zdecydowanie moje klimaty, tylko ja bym wolała pieszo lub na rowerze

Podobne widoki i drogę widziałam w Norwegii zrezygnowaliśmy z jady nią bo była bardzo kręta 😉

Dla takich chwil warto żyć. Piękne zdjęcia i niesamowita przygoda.

I takich widokow to ja zazdroszcze!

Super trasa, zdjęcia zapierają dech w piersiach ! Niesamowita wyprawa i przygoda, mnie też się coś takiego marzy 🙂

Nic tylko wsiadać i jechać. 🙂 Życie jest tylko jedno, żeby później żałować, że się gdzieś nie było. 🙂

Nieziemska przygoda i fantastyczne fotki:)

Jedna z bardziej spektakularnych – to prawda. 🙂

Świetna przygoda! Wspaniałe widoki az nabrałam ochoty na taką wycieczkę 🙂

Bo naprawdę warto – niezapomniana! 🙂

Jestem pod ogromnym wrażeniem. Część zdjęć wygląda jak niemal z innej planety! 🙂

Dziękujemy. 🙂

Co za widoki! Fantastyczna wyprawa i zdjęcia!

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