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The east face of Corno Grande
|Elevation||2,912 m (9,554 ft) |
|Prominence||2,476 m (8,123 ft) |
|English translation||Great Horn|
|Language of name||Italian|
|Location||Province of Teramo, Abruzzo, Italy|
|First ascent||August 19, 1573 by Francesco De Marchi|
Corno Grande (Italian for "great horn") is the highest point in the Apennine Mountains, situated in Abruzzo, central Italy. Part of the Gran Sasso massif, it is the highest peak of the Italian Peninsula at 2,912 metres (9,554 ft). It is the highest peak in mainland Italy outside of the Alps, and the second highest peak in the entire country outside the Alps, after Mount Etna in Sicily. Despite an extreme altitude drop on the north side, the mountain's south side is less elevated than the adjacent Campo Imperatore plateau.
The first recorded ascent of Corno Grande was made in 1573 by the Bolognese captain Francesco De Marchi alongside Francesco Di Domenico. The usual route of ascent is via the western ridge, although a number of other routes exist, including one that ascends the southern face.
- "Europe Ultra-Prominences" Peaklist.org. Retrieved 2012-03-04.
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