Corno Grande

Corno Grande (Italian for "great horn") is the highest point in the Apennine Mountains, situated in Abruzzo, central Italy. Part of the Gran Sasso massif, it is the highest peak of the Italian Peninsula at 2,912 metres (9,554 ft). It is the highest peak in mainland Italy outside of the Alps, and the second highest in the entire country outside the Alps, after Mount Etna in Sicily. It has significant vertical relief on the north side, though its south side is less elevated than the adjacent Campo Imperatore plateau.

Corno Grande
Il Gran Sasso d'Italia, il paretone nord.JPG
The east face of Corno Grande
Highest point
Elevation2,912 m (9,554 ft)[1]
Prominence2,476 m (8,123 ft)[1]
Isolation445.33 km (276.72 mi) Edit this on Wikidata
Coordinates42°28′12″N 13°34′02″E / 42.47000°N 13.56722°E / 42.47000; 13.56722Coordinates: 42°28′12″N 13°34′02″E / 42.47000°N 13.56722°E / 42.47000; 13.56722[1]
English translationGreat Horn
Language of nameItalian
Corno Grande is located in Italy
Corno Grande
Corno Grande
LocationProvince of Teramo, Abruzzo, Italy
Parent rangeApennines
First ascentAugust 19, 1573 by Francesco De Marchi
Easiest routeHike

The northern corrie of Corno Grande holds one of the southernmost glaciers in Europe, the Calderone glacier.[2][3][4] The first recorded ascent of Corno Grande was made in 1573 by the Bolognese captain Francesco De Marchi alongside Francesco Di Domenico.[citation needed] The usual route of ascent is via the western ridge, although a number of other routes exist, including one that ascends the southern face.

Corno Grande's peak south side. Altitude drop is just <1000 m by Campo Imperatore plateau.

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  1. ^ a b c "Europe Ultra-Prominences" Retrieved 2012-03-04.
  2. ^ Grunewald, p. 129.
  3. ^ Gachev (2011), pp. 49, 63.
  4. ^ Gachev et al. (2009), p. 16.

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