The winding Mendola Road, leading on the 1,363 m high Passo della Mendola, is a highlight for every motorcyclist.
Image gallery: Motorbike tour via Mt. Mendola
The closest way to reach a mountain pass in motorbike starts right in Caldaro, on the famous Mendola Road. The winding mountain road with its 15 bends represents not only a highlight for every motorbiker and racing cyclist, but also has a long history. 12 km and 910 m of altitude difference separate Caldaro from the pass height, leading past some bottlenecks and beautiful viewpoints with a stunning panorama on the Valle dell’Adige valley and the area of Lake Caldaro.
Arrived at the Passo della Mendola mountain pass, the road takes first to the hamlet of Fondo in the Trentino. From there, the signs indicate the street to San Felice in the Upper Val di Non valley (1,265 a.s.l.) and to the 1,518 m high Passo delle Palade. This - likewise historical - pass road is well-known and easy to ride. The pass height which connects South Tyrol to the Trentino, represented back in 1810 - 1815 the border between the Kingdom of Bavaria and Italy. There’s also the Passo Palade Bunker, an old fortress with a museum set in underground galleries.
From the Passo delle Palade mountain pass the road leads downhill to Lana near Merano, overcoming 1,202 m of altitude difference. Via the MeBo motorway (exit Appiano) you finally return - after a beautiful 90 km round tour - to Caldaro. By the way: the Passo della Mendola is above all interesting from the Caldaro side, that’s to say from the east. The upper east ascent offers interesting hairpin bends, while the western ascent does not have much to offer.