Elevated view of Colle dell'Agnello mountain pass in the Italian Alps with the serpentine road which leads to Mario Bottero Refuge, Piedmont, Italy
Contributor:Simona Abbondio / Alamy Stock Photo
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Dimensions:5568 x 3712 px | 47.1 x 31.4 cm | 18.6 x 12.4 inches | 300dpi
Date taken:16 September 2019
Location:Chianale, Colle dell'Agnello, Cuneo, Piedmont, Italy
Colle dell'Agnello is a mountain pass in the Cottian Alps between France and Italy, which links the Queyras valley in the Hautes-Alpes with Pontechianale in the province of Cuneo, Piedmont. At 2,744 m (9,003 ft), it is the third highest paved road pass of the Alps: the climb starts at the town of Chianale, the last inhabited village of the Varaita Valley and, after a relatively easy stretch, the last eight kilometres show an average gradient of 11% with much higher peaks. The severe and desolate environment, dominated by the Monviso mountain to the east, makes it one of the harshest alpine roads with a track that often skirts both cliffs and bare rock walls.