The Apennines, a southern leg of the European Alps, run North and South through the entire length of Italy. The range is 840 miles long, and averages 80 miles wide and 4,000 feet high. Its highest peaks are less than 10,000 feet, and has one small glacier called Ghiacciaio del Calderone, situated in the Gran Sasso Massif between Corno Piccolo and Corno Grande. It is the southernmost glacier in Europe. In some locations the eastern slopes descend steeply to the Adriatic coast.
There are many mineral springs throughout the range, as well as a volcano, Vesuvius (4,202 ft.). that rises near Naples and has been active throughout history.
The Apennines are not a forested range, except for there are beautiful forest below the three line in most of the Apennines mountains. Many of these are protected by law, but orange, citron, olive, and palm trees have been planted high up on the slopes. The Apennines are crossed by numerous roads and railways, and support many ancient towns which were built on the hills to escape floods, malaria, and enemies.
The highest peaks of the range are located in the Central Apennines, particularly in a massif just northeast of Rome called Gran Sasso d'Italia. Corno Grande (9,554 ft.), is one of many high peaks of this massif, and is the highest peak of the Apennines.
Peaks of Apennines
Check out any of the following peaks for additional information:
- Corno Grande - 9554 ft./2912 m.
- Corno Piccolo - 9482 ft./2890 m.
- Cusna - 6955 ft./2120 m.
- Maggiorasca - 5915 ft./1803 m.
- Marmagna - 6076 ft./1852 m.
- Monte Amaro - 9163 ft./2793 m.
- Monte Camicia - 8412 ft./2564 m.
- Monte Cimone - 7103 ft./2165 m.
- Monte Groppo Rosso - 5240 ft./1597 m.
- Monte Matto - 6027 ft./1837 m.
- Monte Motola - 5715 ft./1742 m.
- Monte Soratte - 2287 ft./697 m.
- Monte Velino - 8159 ft./2487 m.
- Orsaro - 6007 ft./1831 m.
- Pizzo d'Intermesoli - 8645 ft./2635 m.
- Pumacioletto - 5545 ft./1690 m.
- Ramaceto - 4413 ft./1345 m.
- Roccabiasca - 5666 ft./1727 m.
- Scala - 5627 ft./1715 m.
- Sillara - 6106 ft./1861 m.