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Apennine Mountains

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This is about the terrestrial mountain range. There is also a lunar mountain range named the Montes Apenninus.

The Apennine Mountains (Italian: Appennini) stretch 1000 km from the north to the south of Italy along its east coast, forming the spine of the country. They lend their name to the Apennine peninsula which forms the major part of Italy. The mountains are mostly green and wooded, although one side of the highest peak, Corno Grande (2,912 m), is partially covered by the southernmost glacier in Europe. The eastern slopes down to the Adriatic Sea are steep, while the western slopes form a plain on which most of Italy's historic cities are located.

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Apennines in Emilia (Pietra di Bismantova)

Mountains in the Appennine Range

The Appenines traverse Italy in a direction from about north-north-east to south-south-west, almost precisely parallel to that of the coast of the Adriatic from Rimini to Pescara. Major mountains in the range include:

  • Monte Nerone (5010 ft)
  • Monte Catria (5590 ft)
  • Monte Maggio
  • Monte Pennino (5169 ft)
  • Monte della Sibilla (7663 ft)
  • Monte Vettore (8128 ft)
  • Pizzo di Sevo (7945 ft)
  • Monte Corno (9560 ft) (Corno Grande)
  • Monte della Maiella (9170 ft)
  • Monte Terminillo (7278 ft)
  • Monte Velino (8192 ft)

Historical Significance

In the Italian Campaign of World War II, the Germans used the Apennines as a defensive barrier known to the Allies as the Gothic Line. The Allies attacked the line unsuccessfully in September 1944.

Another line of defence, the Barbara Line, crossed the southern Apennines.da:Appenninerne de:Apennin es:Apeninos fr:Apennins it:Appennini he:הרי האפנינים no:Appenninene nl:Apennijnen pl:Apeniny pt:Apeninos uk:Апенніни

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