“I go skiing in Adamello, would you like to come with me?” Thus John Paul II, with a direct telephone call, invited the President of the Republic Sandro Pertini to one of the meetings destined to enter history. The pope loved skiing and loved doing it here on the pitch of the tonal. (Also in the film “Karol, a man who became Pope” speaks of his love for these places)
There is also a cross dedicated to Pope Woitila created for the visit to Brescia of Pope Giovenni Paul II in the centenary of the birth of Paul VI.
Also famous is the Mortirolo Pass, an alpine pass in the southern Rhaetian Alps, which connects Valtellina with Val Camonica, through the homonymous valley of the Mortirolo, connecting the province of Sondrio with that of Brescia through the municipalities of Mazzo di Valtellina and Monno.
The Mortirolo has risen to the foresince 1990, when it was included in the Giro d'Italia route , due to the steady and steady slopes in its slope northern. After being paved, it has been crossed on several occasions during the cycling race, with enterprises that have entered the legend of cycling: we remember in particular the solitary escape of the then emerging Marco Pantani in the Giro d'Italia 1994. In May 2006 a sculpture, created by Alberto Pasqual, dedicated to Pantani, was placed at km 8 of the ascent, in the locality “Piaz de l'acqua”. The Romagna champion is depicted during a shot, with his hands low on the handlebars, turned to scrutinize the opponents.
The Gavia Pass (2,618 m a.s.l.) is an alpine pass in the southern Rhaetian Alps, which connects the Val di Gavia and the upper Valle Camonica. Already known in medieval times, the pass was part of the perilous Alpine trade routes of the Republic of Venice and communicated with Germany, Tyrol, Austria through the Imperial Way of Alemagna. Today, together with the nearby Passo dello Stelvio and Passo del Mortirolo, it represents one of the most popular alpine destinations for amateur cyclists. The Passo owes its celebrity to the Giro d'Italia, as it represents a of the historical climbs of the Corsa Rosa. The pass has been inserted into the route of the Giro ten times.