Monte Maggiorasca

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Monte Maggiorasca
The Maggiorasca in winter

The Maggiorasca in winter

height 1804  m slm
location Metropolitan city of Genoa , Italy
Mountains Ligurian Apennines
Coordinates 44 ° 33 '3 "  N , 9 ° 29' 23"  E Coordinates: 44 ° 33 '3 "  N , 9 ° 29' 23"  E
Monte Maggiorasca (Liguria)
Monte Maggiorasca

The Monte Maggiorasca is the highest mountain in the Ligurian Apennines, and is located between the metropolitan city of Genoa and the Province of Parma in the two regions Liguria and Emilia-Romagna . It dominates the Val d'Aveto ( see also Aveto Nature Park ) with the municipality of Santo Stefano d'Aveto , the Val Nure with the municipality of Ferriere and the Valle del Ceno with the municipality of Bedonia .

On a plain (1,799 meters), near the summit, is the statue of the Madonna di Guadalupe , which was erected there in 1947. On the summit of the Maggiorasca, at 1,804 meters above sea level, there is a television broadcasting mast .


An alpine columbine ( Aquilegia alpina )

The flora of the mountain range is of particular interest due to its alpine vegetation , with some endemic species.

The Monte Maggiorasca is the only mountain in the Ligurian Apennines, where the Chrysosplenium alternifolium (a rare in Italy stone crushing plant ) grows. Other botanical peculiarities are the Aquilegia alpina (a sub-endemic species of the western Alps ) and the Primula marginata , which grows occasionally on basalt rocks .

Plants of the rare species Aquilegia bertolonii (endemic to the Ligurian Alps and in Provence and Apulia ), Soldanella alpina , Pulsatilla alpina and Draba aizoides can be found on the slopes at a higher altitude . The latter three are relatively common in the Alps, but very rare in the Apennines . Ultimately, the Armeria marginata and the Arenaria bertolonii find their north-western limit on Monte Maggiorasca.

The most important tree species is the Pinus mugo subsp. rostrata (a subspecies of the mountain pine ), which once dominated the slopes of the mountain range and today only occur in isolated groups near the Passo del Tomarlo and Lake Nero . Also in the northern area of ​​the Maggiorasca there are some groups of silver fir trees (Abies alba) .

Madonna di Guadalupe (December 2006)