The Livigno Pass
- A scenic drive, worthy of a visit
The Forcola di Livigno is one of the highest roads in Europe. Don’t forget your tax free shopping in Livigno!
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The Forcola di Livigno is a mountain pass road connecting the commune of Livigno, Italy, to the Bernina Pass, Switzerland. The road is known locally as “The Forcola”, but has various other names including the Passo di Forcola, Passo di Livigno and in English, the Livigno Pass. The Livigno Pass rises to 2315 metres above sea level and is approximately twelve miles long. The summit is the location of the Italian border point.
The Forcola di Livigno has a very short opening period. This is usually from mid June until October/November. The Livigno tourist information website will confirm the dates – click here for details. Access to Livigno is of course maintained all year round via the Munt la Schera Tunnel to Switzerland or the Passo di Foscagno to Italy. The tunnel however does come at a price – about £20 one way for a motorhome. Read about our trip on the Foscagno Pass by clicking here!
The climb from Livigno to the Italian border point is fairly easy. The road is mostly straight although very narrow in places. Note there are no crash barriers! Leaving Livigno behind, you are heading through the valley and towards the Bernina Pass. Read our Bernina Pass travel report here!
Forcola di Livigno – entry to Switzerland
The road seems to take on a better quality in what is known locally as “no mans land”. This stretch of road lies between the Italian border point and the Swiss border point at Motta.
Once through the Swiss check point, it’s literally a few metres so the Bernina Pass. Vehicle over 3500 kg MUST have a valid Swiss vehicle/toll/tax. This is required when spending time in Switzerland – not just on the motorway. The vignette for vehicles under 3500 kg is however purely a motorway tax.
We feel that the journey from Livigno towards the Bernina Pass is more scenic than the eastbound route.