Stelvio Pass. I am definitely not exaggerating if I say to you I think about Stelvio several times a week. It can be when I see a photo of a nice car and think to myself “that could be a nice one to take to Stelvio”. It can be when I miss the Alps and look back at photos from my past trips to Stelvio, dreaming about the next time.
Stelvio Pass has for me become such a special place that I even joke about it and say I think I am supposed to meet the one up there at 2757m. Maybe one morning when I sit there and watch a sunrise he will be there. I will see him and say “It was worth it to wake up early” and then he will reply “Every time it is” and that could be the start of a love story, couldn’t it? ( My kind of romance ;-) )
I had never before driven up to the top of Stelvio Pass in complete darkness. I have done that with many other roads though – Transfagarasan for example. But now I can add Stelvio to the list. When I drove up to 2757m after 9 pm I did not yet have a hotel room booked so I hoped for the best. Luckily Hotel Genziana still had a free room and late check-in (to 23:30!), a tip for other night drivers. And when I walked out early the next morning and saw what a beautiful sunrise it would be… That was my reward.
More words are unnecessary – the photos will take you to the moment. The perfect way to end a road trip is to wake up at 2757m above sea level in a for me very special place.