Colle delle Finestre, Usseaux

4.8
#20 of 72 in Outdoors in Province of Turin
Colle delle Finestre (el. 2178 m.) is a mountain pass in the Cottian Alps, in the Italian region of Piemonte, Italy, linking the Susa Valley and Val Chisone. The road was built around 1700 to gain access to the fortresses in the area, mainly the Forte di Fenestrelle.


The road is very popular for both cyclists and motorbikes with magnificent views of the surrounding mountain ranges. It serves as a tourist attraction. Eight kilometers of road leading to the summit from the Susa end have not been asphalted. From Susa the mountain pass is 18.6 kilometres long at an average of 9.1% (height gain: 1694 m), the maximum gradient being 14%.
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  • Valle del Chisone is utterly beautiful, coming into full view as you travel West from Pinerollo. We stayed in Mentoules, I recommend the new family restaurant in the village.  more »
  • first time I was doing an unpaved mountain pass, and what a woaw discovery can of people and what landscape
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  • GCN was right - truly epic!!! That word to wise, gravel section much worse conditions than you’ll see on 2015 and 2018 Giro stages. Tons of deep gravel and large stones. I wouldn’t risk carbon wheels (again!) - leave those home. Maybe we are just too early in the season and it will smooth out later in the season. Still, the difficulty of the gravel only added to the epicness (is that a word?!??)
  • Beautiful and legendary col from the Giro d'Italia.

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