The World's Craziest Roads
Passo dello Stelvio, Italy
The Road: Topping out at just over 9,000 feet, Italy’s Passo dello Stelvio is the second highest mountain pass in the Alps and—thanks to 48 tightly coiled hairpin turns—arguably the most spectacular. Scaling the northern side in a seemingly never-ending series of nauseating swoops, this ribbon of asphalt, which dates to the 1820s, winds past craggy rock outcroppings and underneath an overhanging glacier en route to the summit. The reward: acres of lift-serviced skiing atop the Stelvio glacier, even in the dead of summer.
Insider Tip: Always look ahead; if the route is clear of any oncoming traffic, briefly drift out into the opposite lane before banking back into your own—you’ll cut the 180-degree bend at its apex and enjoy a much more fluid drive.