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|Prealpi Lombarde Occidentali|
Monte San Primo in winter from Pian del Tivano
|Peak||Pizzo di Gino|
|Elevation||2,245 m (7,365 ft)|
|Native name||Prealpi Luganesi|
|Countries||Switzerland and Italy|
|Canton, Region||Ticino and Lombardy|
|Borders on||Bergamasque Alps and Prealps, Lepontine Alps, Western Rhaetian Alps and Po plain|
|Type of rock||Sedimentary rocks|
The Lugano Prealps (Prealpi Luganesi or Prealpi Lombarde Occidentali in Italian) are a mountain range in the western part of the Alps. They are located in Canton Ticino (southern Switzerland) and in Lombardy (northern Italy).
The western slopes of the mountains are drained by the Ticino River, the eastern ones by Adda and the southern-central part of them by Lambro, Olona and other minor rivers and streams, all of them directly or indirectly tributaries of the Po .
Lugano Prealps' borders are (clockwise):
- Lago Maggiore (west),
- Ticino River from Locarno to Bellinzona, San Jorio Pass (2.010 m, which connects them with the Lepontine Alps) and San Jorio valley till to Gravedona (north);
- Como lake (east);
- Po Plain (south).
The Lugano Prealps are divided into two subsections:
which are separated by the Monte Ceneri Pass.
These subsections are further divided in supergroups:
- Como Prealps:
- Varese Prealps:
The chief summits of the range are:
|Pizzo di Gino||2,245||7,363|
|Monte di Tremezzo||1,700||5,600|
|Monte San Primo||1,685||5,526|
|Corni di Canzo||1,373||4,503|