TRAVEL & TOURING How do I find the road from the Q end of the ‘ Italian Job’ film?
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The Colle Del Nivolet is the best road you’ve never heard of. Dead ends aren’t always a waste of time. In the case of the Colle del Nivolet, which clambers up into the Gran Paradiso mountains outside Turin, time spent on this road is time very well spent indeed. Especially as there’s virtually no traffic – after all, it is a dead end. The pass links the Aosta Valley to Turin, but the final 30 miles are unpaved and now closed to traffic. The miles leading up to it are fabulously paved, unbelievably twisty and mind-blowingly scenic. I’ve ridden a lot of mountain roads but none prepared me for the sheer magnificence of this road. As it’s a dead end, it’s not a road you’ll find by accident. The bus crash scene was here – on one of those hairpins. But getting there isn’t easy: it’s a few days’ ride to Turin, but there are some spectacular roads you can do along the way. But none of them will compare to the Colle del Nivolet. And the best bit of all is that you’ll have the road to yourself.