But every meter is worth the effort. Livigno is a beautiful ski resort with a cool scene so for those who still have a bit energy in them, I would suggest a visit to the center of the village. As Livigno lies at 1816 m, it is quite chilly here in the evenings and mornings. My Santini Alpha Trail jacket was the perfect way to stay warm.
The next day went via the Passo Foscagno and Passo d`Eira to a beautiful gravel pass that came out at Laghi di Cancano. Whoever loves switchbacks, this is your place! Also, the dam across the lake was stunning and the following gravel trail that seemed isolated from civilization was one of my favorite parts. This path led me to the direction of Bormio but before entering the town the route turns left back onto gravel until the destination of the day: Santa Caterina.
Santa Caterina is located on the way up to Gavia pass, a beautiful pass that entailed the first part of day 4. I would recommend avoid riding this pass on the weekend as motorcycles enjoy this climb just as much. Once on top of the climb, the coffee at the restaurant was just what I needed. Then, an amazing descent followed but it was impossible to go fast as I literally stopped on every corner to take a picture. Too beautiful not to let it soak in. Back down in the valley, another climb headed up Passo Tonale to a chocolate store that has chocolate running down a wall inside the store. Yummy! After a sweet treat, a sweet gravel downhill gravel section followed to my day's end destination in Mezzano.
For the entire trip, I have been riding with my Santini shorts and Santini Delta Kinetic jersey. This jersey is perfect for the summer as it keeps the skin cool and takes all the moisture away, so the jersey never sticks to my skin. My shorts were just perfect. All the problems one could think of riding in the sweaty heat never occurred.