Italy is mostly mountainous with ranges over 700 meters (2,300 feet) covering a third of the country. The best known ranges are the Alps, the Dolomites and the Appenines.
The Italian Alps are divided into three main groups. The first group, the Western Alps run north to south from Aosta to the Cadibona Pass, with the highest peaks of Mount Viso 3,841 meters (12,601 feet) and Gran Paradiso 4,061 meters (13,323 feet) which is regarded as the highest mountain completely within Italy. The second group, the Central Alps run west to east from the Western Alps to the Brenner Pass, leading into Austria and the Trentino – Alto Adige valley. This group also has high peaks, such as Monte Bianco The Alps are loved by everyone: by sports enthusiasts who wait for the winter months in order to get out onto the downhill slopes or to slide around the upland plains on the cross-country ski circuits; by the mountaineers who go up in summer to almost inaccessible paths that take them to within an inch of infinity; by nature-lovers who can explore the parks, right down to the families and the children who can enjoy the wonderful Italian hospitality in the myriad villages, have fun in the intelligently-designed leisure facilities and savor the splendid cuisine. The Italian mountains are for everyone – a marvelous place in all the seasons of the year.
If you decide to visit the Alps, I would love to take take you through the exciting Grossglockner High Alpine Road and also show you Innsbruck (Tyrol)and Salzburg (Mozart’s hometown) which are the first Austrian cities right after the Italian border.
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