Punt dal Gall Dam

Fluella Pass to Davos

Down the other side of the Stelvio Pass was a different story completely. The road into Bormio is open, flowing, and technical, all in one go. It was also slippy, and the local bikers seemed pleased to have someone to follow. I’d love to say I was keeping up with the C63, 911, or M3, but an M5 is a 2-tonne car and my brakes are old. I also have a family, so if I’d careered off the side of a cliff they’d be really p*ssed off.

We turned right at Bormio and headed for the Punt Gal Dam. Its not the highest dam in the alsp, but its still stunning and terrifying in equal measure. The water was also like a millpond, so it was a great spot for some early evening snaps. At the exit of the dam is the Munt La Schera tunnel; a single track, one way, 4km tunnel, that was built to transport materials for the construction of the dam. That it was used specifically for construction is clear, as none of the ceiling is clad, and the raw unsmoothed rock is left exposed. As it is one way, the traffic lights change only every 15 minutes, but it is an incredible experience (if you’re not claustrophobic).

Once out you’re almost at the Fluella Pass. This is probably the best drive on the entire trip. The road is wide, flowing, well surfaced and marked. Crucially, the drops down the side are not vertical, so we were a little bit more confident in theability of our cars and their drivers.

Once in Davos you are greeted by the most incredible hotel. The Intercontinental Hotel is just fantastic and everyone felt like they were in a Bond Film. The rooms were huge, the spa was well equipped, and the views were all spectacular. As for the burger in the bar, its worth the 25 CHF it costs (as are the Negronis).