Sacrario del Monte Grappa
Tornanti (hairpin) of Semonzo - 12 at the beginning of Monte Grappa Semonzo cycling climb.
28 tornante on the bike climb up from Semonzo.
This is rated the most difficult cycling ascent on Monte Grappa, but, truth be told, there is only one route of 11 that is not extremely difficult After leaving Semonzo shortly into the climb, we encounter a set of 12 switchbacks over 2.9 miles/4.6 kilometers while ascending under the cover of a thick canopy of trees.
Monte Grapp Semonzo bike climb begins at the northern edge of Semonzo
Heavy tree canopy covering road on lower portion of climb.
“The road was Built in 1918 for General Giardino, Commander of the Grappa Army Group and was originally 5.50 meters wide and was used as an alternative for moving troops and supplies quickly to the front. The strada Giardino was built because the Cadorna road was exposed to enemy fire at some points." Italian Outdoors.
Many tunnels and military historical landmarks along this and many of the Monte Grappa routes
How to cycle Monte Grappa from Semonzo: This is the most difficult route up to Cima Grappa by bike - 18.4 km gaining 1,514 m at 8.1% average grade. Start at the northern edge of Semonzo (Latitude: 45.81322 Longitude: 11.77043) and be prepared for a steep climb from the beginning. We stayed at Hotel Alla Corte in Bassano Del Grappa in 2016 and 2018 and highly recommend both the hotel and town. Bassano Del Grappa is the largest town along the base of Monte Grappa and very close to the start of the traditional Romano d’Ezzelino route to Cima Grappa. Hotel Alla Corte is an excellent hotel and has a very nice restaurant in it.
An Excellent summary of the Semonzo route to Monte Grappa is found at Italian Outdoors.com - Semonzo Route
At precisely mile 10/kilometer 16, the Semonzo route is joined from the right by the theretofore merged routes from Fieta, Possagno, Cavaso del Tomba, Pederobba and Alano. These 6 routes share the same final 1.8 miles/2.9 kilometers to the Cima Grappa (The Top).
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.
1974 Race Summary:
“The close standings made it likely that the twenty-first stage with its four climbs would be a rough day in the Dolomites. Fuente promised to make it so; it was his last chance to take the lead. It was on the final climb of the day, the 24-kilometer long ascent of Monte Grappa that the Giro was decided.
Fuente was desperate to get away and did three hard accelerations before he was able to drop Merckx’s gregari Jos Huysmans and Jos De Schoenmaecker. Merckx bided his time, letting Baronchelli and Gimondi mount the chase. And still he waited. Finally Merckx went to the front of the chasing group and dragged them at a punishing pace to the top. When Merckx had started the chase Fuente had a lead of 2 minutes 40 seconds and at the summit it was down to just 35 seconds. With the long descent into Bassano del Grappa, Fuente’s goose was cooked. Merckx won the stage and seemed to seal his Giro victory.” BikeRaceInfo.com
All climbs lead to the same location - the World War I Memorial and the Casa Armata Del Grappa E Rifugio Bassano
Museum at the top
Sacrario militare del monte Grappa
PJAMM climbed Semonzo and Possagno August 29, 2016
All 11 in 6 days - epic trip!
 Romano d’Ezzelino is the most popular and “easiest” of the routes at 16.2 miles/26 km and 6.4% average grade