Passo dello Stelvio is an iconic mountain pass in the Alps in Italy. Paving it is the 48km long ribbon-like road that has about 70 hairpin bends. It is one of the highest mountain roads in Europe and truly a marvel of engineering. It took five years to build this difficult road-from 1820 to 1825- and the efforts of over 2000 workmen. Although an important link in those times, it is less travelled now as there are faster and easier means of transportation. However, the road is famous for its scenic views and for hosting numerous cycling races, the most important being Giro d’Italia.