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Piz is the Romansch and Lombard name for the summit , tip , tip or spades , which corresponds to the French pic (m) in Italian Picco (m), in Spanish and Portuguese pico (m) and the English peak .

Piz is a common part of a mountain name in the Swiss Graubünden , in the Upper Lombardy , or in the Valtellina , and in the Ladin part of the Dolomites : z. E.g .: Piz Bernina , Piz Boè , Piz Buin , Piz Fenga , Piz Linard , Piz Kesch (mixed form, Romansh is Piz d'Es-cha), Piz Palü , Piz Coca , Piz di Trii Signur , Piz Tri , Piz Bela . Examples of the use of spades are Karl Marx or Leibniz .

Some are also on the edge of the (today's) Romansh / Ladin-speaking area such as Piz Sardona , Piz Segnas or Piz Dolf and receive corresponding German names on the other side of the valley; Surenstock for Piz Sardona and Trinserhorn for Piz Dolf. This also occurs at the transition from the Romansh-speaking Engadine to the Davos landscape: all mountains have names in both languages ​​(see for example Hoch Ducan ). In contrast to field names, which have been passed down and are still used today in clearly German-speaking areas such as Werdenberg, on the Alpstein and along the Walensee, the Alps and fields with Welschen names (hence the name Walensee ), there are the names for the (more important) mountain peaks only in German.

In the collective plural , the name is pizza , which can be roughly reproduced as a pointed tip . One example is the Pizza Grossa .


  1. Among other things: Di Francesco Cherubini: Vocabolario Milanese-Italiano, Volume 3 Dall 'Imp. Regia Stamperia, 1841 limited preview in the Google book search
  2. Piz Tri m. 2308 ( Memento from April 14, 2015 in the Internet Archive )
  3. http://www.paesidivaltellina.it/pizzobello/index.htm