Monti Lepini

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Lepini Mountains
Sermoneta dall'alto.png
Sermoneta, on the foothills of the Monti Lepini, visible in the background. The Agro Pontino is out of sight at the foot of the hill in the foreground.
Naming
Etymology Ancient tribal name
Native name Monti Lepini
Geography
Country Italy
State/Province Lazio
District Latina
Range coordinates 41°35′N 13°00′E / 41.58°N 13°E / 41.58; 13Coordinates: 41°35′N 13°00′E / 41.58°N 13°E / 41.58; 13
Parent range Apennine Mountains, Volsci Chain
Geology
Orogeny Southern Apenninic Orogeny
Period Messinian of Miocene, Pliocene-Pleistocene
Type of rock limestone karst

The Monti Lepini (Italian: Lepini mountains) are a mountain range which belongs to the Anti-Apennines of the Lazio region of central Italy, between the two provinces of Latina and Rome.

The range borders to the north with the Colli Albani, to the east with the Ciociaria, to the south with the Monti Ausoni and to the west with the Pontinian Plain. The highest peak is the Monte Semprevisa (1,536 m).

The name derives probably from the Latin lapis (stone), referring to the mountains’ limestone rocks. In ancient times the area was settled by the Volsci.

The most striking natural feature is the Gardens of Ninfa. There are also numerous grottoes, including some of the most significant in central Italy. The wildlife of the mountains includes peregrine falcons, griffons and Apennine wolves.

References[edit]

  • Ardito, Stefano (1999). A piedi nel Lazio. Subiaco.