|Height||Climbing height - length|
|1424m - 26.4 km (Rovereto); 1485m - 27.2 km (Volano)
1423m - 19.4 km (Calliano); 1423m - 20.8 km (Calliano via Guardia)
447m - 6.5 km (Folgaria); 842m - 14.8 km (Terragnolo)
1552m - 28.2 km (Arsiero); 1586m - 28 km (Arsiero via Vena)
1499m - 27.5 km (Arsiero west); 1533m - 27.3 km (Arsiero west via Vena)
1557m - 27.7 km (Barcarola); 1591m - 27.5 km (Barcarola via Vena)
343m - 11.5 km (Fiorentino road/Passo Sommo)
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|How to get there||
From the west there are many alternative appoaches and some could be combined. The longest climb is from Rovereto (200m) and Volano (189m), or one could take the normal road from Calliano (189m). One would go via Serrada (1254m) on the first two climbs, and via Folgaria (1165m) or Guradia when climbing from Calliano. One could also start in Folgaria if coming from Passo del Sommo (1341m), or from Terragnolo (782m) if coming from an alternative southern approach via Passo della Borcola (1219m).
The southern approach starts in Arsiero (308m) (or just above (361m) if coming from Passo Xomo (1059m)) and goes via Tonezza (and Sella (1110m)) and a tunnel pass (Bocchetta degli Alpini (1566m)) to the top. For a more consistently steep climb you could take the small road from Barcarola (303m), which seems like an obvious choice (that I was not aware of when visiting in 2006). On all these climbs one has to pass over Valico di Valbona (1781m) (the road only descends to 1533m before the final climb to Passo Coe 6.1 km after Valbona).
Passo di Vena di Sopra (1545m) and Passo di Vena di Sotto (1496m) are on an alternative road from above Tonezza to just before the tunnel to Valbona (this road was closed from the south in 2006). You can also continue 2 km to the top of Monte Toraro (1890m) from Valico di Valbona, which would be a 1621m (23.4 km) climb from Barcarola via the Passo Vena road or 1844m (35.6 km) total climb from Volano!
|Other comments||It is a very nice road from Arsiero to Valbona (rather impressive in places). From Valbona to Folgaria, I found the area a bit dull, but it is nicer on the climbs up to Folgaria and Serrada from the west. Since the Passo Coe has featured in Giro d’Italia, but not the Valbona pass (I believe), it has gained much more recognition despite being only a step on the way to/from the Valbona pass and Monte Toraro. Photo from the Valbona pass.
[IT-TN-1614, BIG 743]