The St. Gotthard Pass (Passo San Gottardo in Italian) is one of the most important and well known mountain passes in the Alps, at an altitude of 2,106 m (6,909 ft). Connecting northern and southern Switzerland, Central Europe and Italy, the pass has been an important north-south axis in Europe, at least since the Middle Ages. The surroundings are a photographers dreamland: rounded boulders of gneiss, majestic mountains in the background, waterfalls, lakes and – not to forget – the historic buidings of the old Gotthard Hospice, the small chapel and the Albergo. My personal favorite scene is the old cobblestone road from the early 19th century, the Tremola Road, which winds its way up the mountain in numerous hairpin bends. As modern traffic rushes through the tunnels, you can work up here mostly in total freedom.