Passo di Giau (Cortina)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Cortina d'Ampezzo 2,238m 938m 16.0 km 5.9% 690 ****

Passo di Giau - Cortina - Cycling Profile

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Climb Description

Passo di Giau is one of the great Giro d'Italia climbs, although it does not have the history of some of the other climbs in the region. Despite first being used in 1973, it was until the late 2000s that the climb started to be used regularly in the race. Now it seems a permanent fixture, with its scenery and difficulty both surpassing that of the parallel Falzarego Pass.

This is the slightly less scenic side of the climb, although there are still some stunning views, both leaving Cortina and in the final 2km. The middle part of the climb is mostly in forest and is pleasant rather than spectacular.

Giau is best climbed from May to October.

Passo di Giau from Cortina - Italian Alps Cycling Climb

The opening kilometres are quite busy, but have fantastic views overlooking Cortina

Roads & Traffic

The road surface is in very good condition throughout. The climb can carry quite a bit of traffic - particularly in the first 3km, before the road splits (the other direction going to Passo Falzarego). After here there are still some cars, but it is much less bothersome.

Distinctive peaks of Passo Giau

The Giau is one of the most recognisable climbs in cycling

Alternative Routes

Passo Giau can also be climbed from the west, starting in Caprile (Selva di Cadore).

Nearby Climbs

Passo Fedaia

Passo Pordoi

Passo Campolongo

Passo Gardena

Passo Sella

Tre Cime di Lavaredo

Passo delle Erbe

Cycling Holidays

Passo di Giau is climbed on our Dolomites & Italian Alps cycling holiday, which crosses Northern Italy from Zoncolan to Mortirolo.

In the links below you can find out more about this and some of the other tours that we run in high mountains.

Monte Zoncolan
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Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 9 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: €1,970 EUR
Lagos de Covadonga
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: from €1,490 EUR
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Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: €1,630 EUR
*Bike Hire Included