German-Speaking Enclaves in Northern Italy

On the traces of the former Austrian territories in northern Italy. This route is ideal for experienced motorcyclists because of the many curves leading to the mountains and passes on this tour.


We meet in front of the tourist information office in Faak am See and drive into the Gailtail - parallel to our route is the Austro-Italian border. Arrived in Hermagor, we make our way to the Nassfeldpass. Through the biggest skiing area of Carinthia, the Nassfeld, we drive to Italy. The northern ramp of the Passo Pramollo (ital. for Nassfeldpass) is narrower and curvier than the one on the Austrian side.

The first stopover is in Pontebba. This place is home to old border stones of the former Austria Empire as well as our group's first stopover for an Italian coffee. Afterwards we drive into the mountainous area behind Pontebba - the so-called Aupa Valley. In this valley, due to its proximity to Carinthia, a mixed language of Slovenian, Italian and German is still spoken today. Via the municipality of Moggio Udinese we reach the Canal Valley and cross it to the small town of Tolmezzo. From Tolmezzo we follow the river "Torrente But" to the Plöckenpass. Already the Romans used this way to transport goods to the north.

We cross the pass with many hairpin bends, partly in tunnels, and shortly afterwards arrive in Kötschach-Mauthen. Here, in the west of the Gailtal Valley, the well-deserved lunch is waiting for us. Afterwards we cross the Gailtail again until the river Gail flows into the Drau. The final point of this beautiful tour is Lake Faak.

Important Information for this route:

Dates 2021: Monday, 09/06 • Thursday, 09/09 - Meeting point at 9:30 a.m. at the Tourist Information Faak

Length & duration: The length of the tour is 270 km and it takes approx. 8 hours.

Road tolls & fees: There are no fees on this route.

Riding skills level: Difficult. Suitable for biker pros.

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