Monti Peloritani

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Monti Peloritani
Highest peak Montagna Grande ( 1374  m slm )
location Metropolitan city of Messina ( Italy )
part of Sicily
Coordinates 38 ° 3 '  N , 15 ° 20'  E Coordinates: 38 ° 3 '  N , 15 ° 20'  E

The Monti Peloritani are a mountain range in the northeast of Sicily . They extend along the north coast between Messina and Tindari . The highest point is Montagna Grande with a height of 1374 m. The Rocca di Novara with a height of 1340 m is particularly striking .


The Monti Peloritani, together with the Monti Nebrodi and the Monti Madonie, form a continuation of the mountain range of the Apennines . This can be seen particularly in the sequence of geological layers, which are somewhat offset in height and correspond to those of the Aspromonte , the last foothills of the Apennines in Calabria . While the Monti Nebrodi and Monti Madonie are made of limestone, the Monti Peloritani have older layers of gneiss , crystalline slate and granite .


Characteristic of the rugged mountain range of the Monti Peloritani are wide fiumaries between the mountains, which were formed by the rubble that was washed away by the streams overflowing the banks when it rains heavily. Attempts are currently being made to reduce the erosion damage occurring there by afforestation of the Monti Peloritani.


  • Caterina Mesina, Nikolaus Groß: Hiking in Sicily. DuMont, Cologne 1999, ISBN 3-7701-3742-6

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