Italy is characterized by two big mountain ranges: the Alps in the north and the Apennine Mountains along most parts of the peninsula. Surrounded by four seas on three sides, the land is mostly hilly with only few plain sections. High mountain panoramas, scenic hills and miles of sandy beaches are all part of the topographic variety of Italy.
In the north, Italy shares some of the highest mountains of the Alps with its neighbouring countries France and Switzerland. The Aosta Valley is one of the country’s mountainous highlights including the impressive Mont Blanc (4,897 m), Monte Rosa (4,633 m) and Matterhorn (4,478 m). The Dolomite Mountains in the northeast of Italy are at least as impressive being a tourist magnet for sportive guests and nature beauty in both winter and summer.
The Apennine Mountains, however, run in curves for more than 1,350 kilometres from Genoa to Calabria through nearly two thirds of the country. Because of their shape and length, they are also often called the backbone of Italy. The highest elevation of the Apennine Mountains is the Corno Crande (2,913 m) in the Abruzzi. Here is a list of the highest Italian mountains.
The highest mountain in Western Europe lies between the regions of Aosta Valley Italy and France. In a convention between France and Kingdom of Sardinia, in Turin (1861), the border was fixed on the highest point of Mont Blanc on the Italian side. Mont Blanc is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world.
Location: Lies between the Italian town of Courmayeur and the French town of St Gervais les Bains
Nearby sights: Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso, Val Ferret, Lillaz Waterfalls
Nearby hotels: Hotel Maison Saint Jean, Hotel Berthod, Hotel Ottoz Meuble
More of a massif than a single mountain, it has 10 summits over 4000m. The highest peak Dufour is named after Henri dominates the horizon its permanent glaciers shining in the sun. The main mountain and ski resorts surrounding its south side are situated mainly under the glaciated east face about 2,500 meters high.
Location: Ayas, Aosta Valley
Nearby sights: Colosseum, Milan Cathedral, St. Peter’s Basilica
Tel.: (+39) 0125/303111
Nearby hotels: Hotellerie de Mascognaz, Hotel Lac Bleu, Camping Margherita
The highest peak in the Cottian Alps. It is an isolated peak surrounded by fine scenery. Located fifty miles southwest of Turin, it has extra appeal of feeling more isolated than other areas of the Alps that have been more intensively developed. The long trek to the mountain provides excellent panoramic views.
Location: North-west Italy, Piedmont region. Near France.
Nearby sights: Egyptian Museum of Turin, Juventus Stadium, Museo Nazionale del Cinema
Nearby hotels: Le Torri, Corte Gandina Boutique Hotel, La Giolitta B&B
Also called the “Queen of the Dolomites”, Marmolada is the highest in the mountain range. Along its west to east ridge are several summits including: Punta Penia (3,343 m), Punta Rocca (3,309 m), Punta Ombretta (3,230 m), Monte Serauta (3,069 m), and Pizzo Serauta (3,035 m).
Location: Via Marmolada, 11, 32023, Rocca Pietore
Nearby sights: Serrai di Sottoguda, Museo Marmolada Grande Guerra, Villaggio di Bramezza
Official website: http://www.marmolada.com/en/
Nearby hotels: Garni Settsass, Hotel Somont, Hotel Adriana