Passo di Foscagno, Livigno – Italy

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For those who have enjoyed a visit to Livigno, and of course it’s tax free status and shopping, there are only three roads out of the town. In the past we have arrived at Livigno by the Tunnel la Schera and also the Passo di Forcola. At this time of year – yes, even in May, the Forcola is still “snoclo” (closed by snow). Consequently, a new route for the Motorhome Voyager came in the form of the Passo di Foscagno.

The pass is approximately 24 miles long, running from Livigno to Bormio.

Passo di Foscagno

View of Livigno, from towards the pass.

Passo di Foscagno – a customs check point too!

From Livigno, it is an immediate climb, through Trepalle and towards the Italian customs check point. Vehicles were being stopped at the customs point and checks were made. The check point is due of course to the duty-free shopping opportunities in Livigno!  The pass continues, reaching dizzy heights of 2291 metres above sea level. From the summit, the descent towards Bormio is relatively easy. That said, the ascent is not too difficult either, and it is worth mentioning that there is a daily bus service from Bormio to Livigno via the Passo di Foscagno. The pass is also kept open in the winter months, maintaining a route from Italy to Livigno.

Passo di Foscagno

Passo di Foscagno was open in May with outlying snow.

The pass was more difficult to work than the Simplon Pass and the Gotthard Pass, but not has tricky to manage as the Fluela Pass. When travelling on any of these high mountain passes, check the weather forecast in advance! We have seen temperature differentials of over twenty degrees Centigrade, when comparing the top to the bottom!

More information on many of the Northern Italian and Swiss passes is available here.

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