The Brenner Pass has been the easiest way over the Alps since ancient Roman times. Today, the Brenner Pass is easier than ever to cross, as drivers arc gracefully along one of the engineering wonders of Europe. Empires from Roman times to World War II understood the strategic value of [the] Brenner Pass. From the looks of the sumptuous green room, medieval life for the nobility was pretty comfortable. Two castles like these, strategically straddling the valley, could control much of the trade passing between Germany and Italy.