Ligurian Alps

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Ligurian Alps
Highest point
Peak Punta Marguareis
Elevation 2,651 m (8,698 ft)
Native name French: Alpes Ligures, Italian: Alpi Liguri
Countries Italy and France
Region, Région Piedmont
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Range coordinates 44°10′N 8°05′E / 44.17°N 8.08°E / 44.17; 8.08Coordinates: 44°10′N 8°05′E / 44.17°N 8.08°E / 44.17; 8.08
Parent range Alps
Borders on Apennines and Maritime Alps
Orogeny Alpine orogeny

The Ligurian Alps are a mountain range in northwestern Italy. A small part is located in France. They form the south-western extremity of the Alps, separated from the Apennines by the Colle di Cadibona. The Col de Tende separates them from the Maritime Alps. They form the border between Piedmont in the north and Liguria in the south.


Administratively the range is divided between the Italian provinces of Cuneo, Imperia and Savona and the French department of Alpes-Maritimes (south-western slopes).

The Ligurian Alps are drained by the Tanaro River, along with other tributaries of the Po River, on the Piedmontese side, and by several smaller rivers that flow directly to the Mediterranean Sea on the Ligurian side.

Chief peaks and passes[edit]

Monte Antoroto in winter from Monte Grosso

The chief peak of the Western Ligurian Alps is Punta Marguareis (2,651 m), and there are several other summits over 2000 m, while in Eastern Ligurian Alps the maximum elevation is 1739 m (Monte Armetta).

Name metres feet
Punta Marguareis 2,651 8,695
Monte Mongioie 2,630 8,626
Cima delle Saline 2,612 8,567
Pizzo d'Ormea 2,476 8,121
Monte Besimauda 2,231 7,317
Monte Saccarello 2,201 7,219
Monte Frontè 2,152 7,058
Monte Antoroto 2,144 7,032
Bric Mindino 1,879 6,163
Monte Armetta 1,739 5,703
Monte Galero 1,708 5,602
Monte Carmo di Loano 1,389 4,555
Monte Settepani 1,386 4,546

Some important pass in the Ligurian Alps are listed below.

Name Location Type Elevation
Colle di Cadibona Savona to Ceva highway 7002436000000000000436 m (1,430 ft)
Colle di Melogno Finale Ligure to Ceva road 70031028000000000001,028 m (3,373 ft)
Colle San Bernardo Albenga to Garessio road 7002957000000000000957 m (3,140 ft)
Colle di Nava Imperia to Ormea road 7002934000000000000934 m (3,064 ft)
Col de Tende Tende to Cuneo road 70031870000000000001,870 m (6,140 ft)



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