View from the observation area on Sacrario militare del monte Grappa
Location of the Madonna del Grappa framed in the center of the ornate window.
This is known as the “Classic Route” up Monte Grappa and, along with the route from Semonzo, the most popular, as confirmed by the amount of Srava attempts (3,453 up Romano d’Ezzilino, though Semonzo is a close second with 3,337) compared to the other routes, whose strava attempts range from 15 to 850.
We consider Monte Grappa a Bucket List cycling experience. For more information on other climbs up this mountain, visit our Monte Grappa homepage.
We begin our climb in Romano d’Ezzilino and if you are participating in the Brevetto del Grappa, this is where you acquire your Journey Book. The Journey Book is the sheet you have stamped at the bottom of each of the ten paved ascents, as well as the one dirt ascent, and at the one common finish at the top of the climb (i.e. the Cima Grappa). Romano d’Ezzelino is a good-sized town of 14,500 people. We stayed in the town of Bassano del Grappa, and highly recommend the Hotel Alla Corte, which was reasonably priced with very helpful english speaking staff and cycle friendly. Each night the front desk attendant would graciously call the two locations we would start the following day to ensure we could get our stamp on the day and time we expected to arrive. Note that this is not a paid ad and we get no benefit from plugging anything on our website -- we just really liked this hotel!
Heavy tree canopy covering road on lower portion of climb.
There are seven switchbacks from miles 1-4 (km 1.6 to 6.4) which offer us good views back towards Romano d’Ezzilino and Bassano del Grappa to the south.
One of the switchbacks.
View back at town.
One of the many historical landmarks which can be found
along this and many of the Monte Grappa routes.
All eleven routes up Monte Grappa ultimately connect. The Romano d’Ezzilino route goes the longest without intersecting another climb route -- at mile 14.7 / km 23.7 Romano merges with the three northern routes (Cismon, Caupo, and Seren) and 0.4 miles / 0.6 km from the top merges with the six climbs beginning to its north and northeast (Semonzo, Crespano [dirt/gravel], Fietta, Possagno, Cavaso del Tomba, Pederobba and Alano).
We spent six days climbing the eleven routes up Monte Grappa, and found that Romano d'Ezzelino was the most heavily traveled by cyclists, many of whom were quite friendly and chatted with us using very good to broken english (our Italian is broken, but we are quite good at asking directions and ordering panino, cappuccino and gelato nonetheless -- we are survivors!).
Many cyclists on the Romano d'Ezzelino route.
PJAMM climbed Monte Grappa 8-27 to 9-1-16.
All eleven Monte Grappa routes end at the Rifugio Bassano a Cima Grappa, which is a cafe with many outside chairs and tables, and is frequented by many cyclists each day -- this is a very popular Italian cycling destination. The Rifugio is just below the Sacrario del Monte Grappa, which is a monumental burial site for approximately 20,000 of the Italian and Austrian soldiers who died in battle on the hillsides of Monte Grappa during WWI.
All climbs lead to the same location -- the Rifugio Bassano a Cima Grappa and the WWI Memorial.
Pictured above is the Sacrario militare del monte Grappa.
Walkway on top of Sacrario militare del monte Grappa.
Location of the Madonna del Grappa.
Sacrario militare del monte Grappa, as seen from Rifugio Basagno.
Rifugio at the top of the climb.
Great food and drink here.
Very popular location for cyclists.
10 (Romano d’Ezzilino)
16 (Cavaso del Tomba)
Semonzo appears to be the Giro’s choice of Monte Grappa ascents.
(We have been unable to identify the Giro routes up Monte Grappa in 1968, 1974 and 1982).
PJAMM 6 DAY 11 CLIMB MONTE GRAPPA CHALLENGE
Photos clockwise from top right: 8-27-16 Romano d’Ezzelino + Caupo;
8-28-16 Seren + Cismon; 8-29-16 Semonzo + Possagno.
Photos clockwise from top right: 8-30-16 Alano + Fieta;
8-31-16 Pederobba + Cavaso del Tomba; 9-1-16 Crespano.