Passo Rolle and the Matterhorn of the Dolomites

Touring Club Italia thinks little known Passo Rolle ranks alongside the Dolomite greats.

Also, Euro16 security queues really bite in Dover. Also, EU approves Brakes takeover; football fans cars towed away at Lens; Lithuania driver deploys smoke and spikes; horrific crash as car strays onto closed rally road in Finland; Austria police nab more migrants at Hungary border; EU law to make private land insurance compulsory ‘soon’.

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PASSO ROLLE AND THE MATTERHORN OF THE DOLOMITES

Rolle ranks alongside the greats says motoring club.

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Cimone, the Matterhorn of the Dolomites. Photo Touring Club Italia.

Among its list of the best Italian mountain roads last week Touring Club Italia named the little known Passo Rolle.

According to the national motoring club, it ranks alongside well-known greats such as Mont Cenis, Petit and Grand St Bernard, Simplon, Bernina, Stelvio, Pordoi, Falzarego and Wurzjoch. 

No surprise really with this view.

One of the most southerly Dolomites high roads, in the east anyway, Rolle runs 20 miles between Predazzo and San Martino di Castrozza.

Aside from pine trees early on, the view is mainly of the Dolomite group Pale di San Martino.

Particularly Cimon della Pala, pictured, also known as Cimone or The Matterhorn of the Dolomites (3184m, 10,446ft).

The paved road way is narrow but not quite as bad as the track shown in the picture.

Rolle would be a great road to take on the cross-country route between Venice and Bolzano.

Best of all, despite peaking at 1989m (6525ft), Rolle is open all year. More at PassFinder.

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Enhanced security checks during the Euro16 football tournament are really starting to bite on the British side of the Channel. Delays were expected at the weekend, but drivers waited for up to ninety minutes this Monday lunchtime, with three days still to go until the next England match (against Wales in Lens near Lille on Thursday afternoon). Drivers heading for Le Mans are also affected. Peter Adams arrived at 12:30 for the 13:55 sailing but missed the boat due to the queue. ‘It's wise to get here much earlier than usual,’ he told us. P&O says it will put delayed passengers on the next available sailing. However, by around 15:00 it seems the queue had disappeared. Photo @POFerriesUpdate

Enhanced security checks during the Euro16 football tournament are really starting to bite on the British side of the Channel. Delays were expected at the weekend, but drivers waited for up to ninety minutes this Monday lunchtime, with three days still to go until the next England match (against Wales in Lens near Lille on Thursday afternoon). Drivers heading for Le Mans are also affected. Peter Adams arrived at 12:30 for the 13:55 sailing but missed the boat due to the queue. ‘It’s wise to get here much earlier than usual,’ he told us. P&O says it will put delayed passengers on the next available sailing. However, by around 15:00 it seems the queue had disappeared. Photo @POFerriesUpdate

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roundup: the largest American food distributor Sysco has received European Commission approval for its $3.1 billion takeover of the UK’s largest food distributor Brakes (which also operates in Ireland, France, Sweden, Spain, Belgium and Luxembourg) reports @FleetTransport. The deal should close in early July says Undercurrent News… twenty illegally parked cars belonging to spectators at Saturday’s Albania-Switzerland Euro16 match in Lens in northern France on Saturday were towed away by authorities reports La Voix du Nord. Strict ‘transport plans’ have been set up in and around football stadiums during the tournament. See more… An errant driver near Marijampole in southern Lithuania deployed first a smokescreen then spikes in an effort to evade pursuing police. Needless to say he was eventually apprehended but not after a hugely risky chase. See the gobsmacking video at Mashable… a horrifying accident in south east Finland on Saturday after a car apparently strayed onto a road closed for rally practice according to YLE News. One person in the private vehicle was killed and six others seriously injured on the dirt road through a forest in Miehikkälä close to the Russian border… Austrian police stopped a van containing 17 migrants on the A4-M1 border with Hungary at Nickelsdorf yesterday reports Novinite. Since the recent closure of the so-called ‘Balkan Route’, migrant discoveries have been few and far between on the still heavily monitored crossing… UKIP’s European Parliament transport spokesman Jill Seymour says users of mobility scooters, golf buggies, ride-on lawnmowers, and all other vehicles on private land – including racing cars – will shortly have to buy insurance following a CJEU Court of Justice of the European Union ruling. Last year’s Vnuk case was brought by a farmworker in Slovenia after he was knocked off a ladder by a tractor. The EU court found in his favour. Seymour says the judgement will be ‘implemented in UK law soon’.

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