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What constitutes a great driving road? Some might say it should be a perfect ribbon of tarmac snaking its way through gently rolling countryside. Others would prefer to be serenaded by breathtaking scenery all around and wouldn’t insist on super-smooth bitumen when it comes to their perfect road. Naturally it comes down to personal choice but we believe a memorable driving road should be dictated by the experience it leaves you with; it doesn’t need to be fast or beautiful so much as it has to sear a memory in your brain that lasts a lifetime. This isn’t a definitive list of the best roads in the world; they’re simply drives we will never forget.
This Italian road is one of the highest in the Alps and also one of the most famous. There are plenty of other wonderful roads that similarly traverse these mountains, but Stelvio pass is one of the most iconic. It is famous for its set of 48 hairpin bends that make for magnifi cent photography and also some very memorable driving as you stitch your way up the pass. Located in the province of Sondrio, Stelvio attracts a series of enthusiasts on all forms of machinery, including bicycles, and you might want to try avoiding the road on weekends