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Anfo Ridge Road: exciting ride on the Alpine ledges

Italian route Anfo Ridge Road located in the province of Brescia in Lombardy is considered to be one of the most dangerous roads in the world. And not without reason. At the 20 km distance many pitfalls lie in wait: unsecured precipices, falling rocks, tight corners and a narrow, full of holes way. Your heart starts beating faster and sight becomes a hundred percent focused.


A way to the Baremone Pass
The Alpine route Anfo Ridge Road is claimed to be one o the most dengerous ones in the world

BMW F650 GS Dakar on the Baremone Pass


Anfo Ridge Road is a remnant of the military route from Roman times and runs on the slopes of the Orobie Alps, creating extreme rocky ledges. Riding this path delivers sensations from the amusement park alike. Driving the narrow road with no balustrade and protection from the several hundred meter deep abyss has been the most extreme ride we have ever experienced. We were crossing it with fear and excitement. The views along the way were amazing, but I obviously couldn’t fully enjoy them, was too focused on the road in front of me, and even afraid to look down.


The Baremone Pass
The narrow road winds through the cliffs between unique rock formations

Views to the Baremone Pass

Anfo Ridge Road
Approaching the tunnels


The route from the North begins at the Maniva Pass, by the ski resort Ski Maniva and ends at the lake Idro in Anfo. You ride through 5 passes in total:

  • Passo Baremone / Passo del Mare (1 450 m a.s.l.)
  • Passo della Spina (1 521 m a.s.l.)
  • Passo della Berga (1 527 m a.s.l.)
  • Passo del Dosso Alto / Passo delle Portole (1 727 m a.s.l.)
  • Passo del Maniva (1 664 m a.s.l.)

On the road, there are several sections of gravel and 4 tunnels. The asphalt surface is various along the way. Closer to Anfo the roadway is quite nice and winding, without dangers. However, due to falling rocks, the road is often impassable. It’s also not recommended to take it after heavy rains. In places the road is very narrow and has sharp, blind corners. It’s advised to honk while approaching these corners in order to warn others and avoid collisions that could easily end up very badly. During the ride we met only one motorcyclist and a Jeep. Meeting the last one on the corner wouldn’t be a good memory. Fortunately, it passed us when we stopped on the side of the road to take some pictures. The trail is open from June to the end of October.



Liwia na przełęczy Baremone


Want to have a virtual taste of this exciting ride? Enjoy the video!




Info about Anfo Ridge Road

Distance 20 km
Start / finish Maniva Pass / Anfo
Surface Sections of gravel, asphalt of worse and better quality
Accessibility Usually open from June until the end of October, but can be also closed after heavy rains
Hazards Narrow road over chasms without guardrail, blind corners
Traffic Small
Attractions on the way Emotions :) Interesting rock formations and alpine flora
Max altitude 1 727 m a.s.l.


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The Anfo Ridge Road

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The Anfo Ridge Road in Italy: 45.789791, 10.474348


Have you had the opportunity to taste this route too? Maybe in some unfavorable weather that intensified the difficulty? We invite you to share your experiences in the comments below.



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7 Responses

  1. Ron
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    Nice one! My must for the next trip to Italy, thanks for sharing!

  2. Liwia
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    Hi Ron, we’re glad you like it and keep our fingers crossed for you! ;)

  3. Giorgos Siima
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    Looks like a great route! Added on the list!

  4. burt
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    The objective ‘dangerous aspect” of this trail is greatly exaggerated; in fact it is not the trail itself but the speed that makes it dangerous for both the rider and the passers-by as can be evicted by the look of the persons encountered at the beginning of the trail.

    • Joki

      I don’t believe the objective ‘dangerous aspect’ of this trail is greatly exaggerated. Not only speed can be dangerous but also narrow, sometimes slippery road, falling boulders and tight corners plus unsecured precipice. Also passing with other vehicles is not easy on this road.

    • Chris

      Burt – you did notice that the video had been speeded up in places?

  5. Chris
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    Congratulations on some excellent photos and one of the scariest videos on Youtube. I ‘did’ this road in the opposite direction from Anfo in June 2017 and it scared the daylights out of me. Not helped by driving a Jeep Renegade which had such appalling visibility I couldn’t see the road around me, it should’ve been a Fiat 500 which would have been ideal but I got ‘upgraded’. Luckily I didn’t meet any cars which might have required me to back up to pass. Met several bikes though, and was passed by a couple (I usually stopped at the widest place I could see, if I saw a bike coming. I certainly wasn’t going fast!) The weather was patchy, some areas of clouds, but the road was dry, just a few scattered rockfalls.
    Again, congratulations on a nice page!

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