NE Italy + Dolomites mountain roads questions
I've been riding some of the high passes and mountain roads of northeast
Italy, and now I've got some questions about them:
(a) Which of the passes and mountain roads in Italy are you most eager to ride over again? Why?
Which ones to you plan to avoid riding again?
I've ridden several of the obvious passes over major roads in the Dolomites, but I notice the map has lots of other smaller roads (unpaved?) over other passes close by.
Which of those are especially interesting?
Which ones are not worth trying?
(b) riding from Spondinig/Spondigna to Meran/Merano: I've always avoided riding this because I didn't like the looks of it from driving the road several times. Seemed like lots of high-speed vehicle traffic going between the Reschenpass / Passo di Resia to Meran + Bozen. And a fair number of curves on a road not wide.
What your experience?
Are there ways to avoid much of the distance on the main road?
Or is riding mostly on the main road not as bad as I'm imagining?
(c) riding from Meran to Bozen: There might be several ways to do this.
(1) I've heard there's a bike path along the valley floor;
(2) over Gampenjoch / Passo Palade and Mendel pass / Mendola high on the west side;
(3) lower roads on the west side;
(4) roads thru the hills on the east side.
Any thoughts on which ones are more pretty and interesting, or which ones to avoid?
(d) Passo San Pellegrino and Passo di Rolle (somewhat south of Canazei): It looks like there's some different options for riding through or around there:
What's prettier and more interesting?
(e) Passo di Monte Croce Carnico (or Ploeckenpass) (1360m) is northeast from Monte Zoncolan on the Italy / Austria frontier: I think the Giro d'Italia has ridden over it twice, but what's it like with the road open for normal vehicle traffic?
(f) even farther east, do some of the mountains still have pointy peaks and sharp ridges like in the Dolomites (at least somewhat)? Or are the summits all more rounded and moderate? Or are there other things about the terrain that might make it worthwhile to continue riding east across Italy (perhaps with some crossings thru Austria?) to
reach like say Kranskja Gora in Slovenia?
what about riding over passes in Slovenia?
(g) Or would it be more interesting to ride more south to finish say in Trieste?
(h) west from Stelvio and Mortirolo and Tirano is Passo di San Marco (1985m) -- anybody tried that?
Thanks for the help and ideas,