In case you missed it, this post is a continuation of a circular drive we took while we were in the Dolomites of Italy. On our route, we went over Sella Pass & Pordoi Pass, and are now finishing up with Gardena Pass.
So the final of the 3 mountain passes we drove over was Gardena. It’s kinda hard to use unique descriptors for this pass to tell you why it’s different than Pordoi or Sella. They’re all so pretty and the scenery is so dramatic that it gets a little hard to distinguish between them using words. So, as with the others, I’ve posted some photos so you can see for yourself. Enjoy!
Coming up on the pass from the east. It was late in the afternoon and the mountains were casting dark shadows over portions of the land.
I think a ride in that little red gondola seems like a wonderful way to see the valley.
I couldn’t stop staring at these peaks – they were mesmerizing.
Nice little sign welcoming you to the area.
We passed so few cars along the way.
Driving over Gardena Pass gives you a taste of what’s to be had in this lovely region and I’d highly recommend it. As I mentioned in my other posts about the Dolomites, it’s one of my most favorite places in the world. The area does have its share of tourists, to be sure, but not so much that you can’t find a nice little corner of peace somewhere – whether it’s on a drive on a lonely, deserted road, or on a hike that takes you deeper into the mountains.
In case you’re interested in going for yourself, or just want to know where Gardena Pass is, here’s a detailed Google map of our driving route around the Dolomite Mountains, with Gardena Pass sitting at the top.
Wishing you safe & happy travels!