Gotthard Pass (Italian: Passo del San Gottardo) (el. 2106 m.) is a high mountain pass in Switzerland between Airolo in the canton of Ticino, and Göschenen in the canton of Uri, connecting the northern German-speaking part of Switzerland with the Italian-speaking part, along the route onwards to Milan.
Though the pass was locally known in antiquity, it was not generally used until the early 13th century, because it involved fording the turbulent Reuss, swollen with snowmelt during the early summer, in the narrow steep-sided Schöllenen Gorge (the Schöllenenschlucht), below Andermatt. As early as 1236, it was dedicated to the Bavarian Saint Gotthard of Hildesheim.
I love this road and this area for the uniqueness and history surrounding it. I drove this very road on my first road trip to Italy in September 2010.
Note the small dots towards the bottom of the road – these are cars.
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Photograph taken with Panasonic Lumix FZ-28
HDR created from one image exposures adjusted in PS, tone mapped in photomatix and final processing in PS.