Only little lower than Stilfser Joch this road at the southern border of the National park offers a great driving experience. The road is far more exposed than the Stilfser Joch and allows the meeting of vehicles often only at few places, sometimes even the meeting of a car and a motorbike gets complicated. Therefore this road - from Bormio to Ponte di Legno - is far less visited. The landscape is quite different but not less attractive.
On a 10 minutes walk on a comfortable path the Dreisprachenspitze can be reached. This is the virtual meeting point of the German, Italian and Rumantsch language (virtual because there is no permanent settlement of any speakers of any language around but the frontiers of three regions meet here: Suedtirol (German speaking), Lombardia (Italian) and the Swiss Grischun/Graubuenden (Romantsch). Right at the frontier is a lodge serving drinks and snacks - rifugio Garibaldi, the lady running it speaks only Italian and a little German...
When you reach the top of the road coming from north you can go right from the parking to the left and climb on a rather short walk to the glaciers (shrinking here as everywhere). You can also take an overpriced funicular which brings you in two sections up to Monte Livrio (3400 m) where you are right in the middle of glaciers on which also Summer skiing takes place (several T-bar lifts)
There are very few places in Europe where you can climb by road such a big difference in level on such a short distance. The start is at 800 m in Prad in the Etsch valley among innumerable fruittrees and if you do not stop you can be in less than an hour in the Arctic environment on the Stilfser Joch at almost 2800 m above sea level. The way down to Bormio is longer and less spectacular but nice anyway, in particular if you continue from Bormio over the passo Gavia which is not much lower than Stilfser Joch but has a far more adventurous road requiring a really experienced driver.
While dreaming of a climb of the Ortler over the Hintergrat I still - being an absolute beginner - had to limit myself with one of the easiest climbs, the Dreisprachenspitze, which can be reached from Stlfser Joch on a good path in 10 to 15 minutes. On top there is a small hut (Rifugio Garibaldi) and some remains from WW1. Between 1865 and 1919 this was a Thee Countries Peak (Austria, Italy, Switzerland) while it now defines the the (theoretical) meeting point of the three languages German, Italian and Romantsch (Rhetoromanian).
This impressive mountain is visited by numerous climbers over various routes, the easiest starting from Sulden(Solda) via the Payerhütte on about 3000 m. For the more experienced climbers the Hintergrat with the nicely situated Hintergrathütte (from Sulden) seems to me the nicest approach, maybe I can do it one day when I have obtained the necessary experience for it.