Carnic Prealps

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Carnic Prealps
Prealpi Carniche
Cima dei Preti.jpg
Cima dei Preti, the highest mount of the range
Highest point
Peak Cima dei Preti
Elevation 2,703 m (8,868 ft)
Coordinates 46°34′24″N 12°42′11″E / 46.57333°N 12.70306°E / 46.57333; 12.70306Coordinates: 46°34′24″N 12°42′11″E / 46.57333°N 12.70306°E / 46.57333; 12.70306
Carnic Prealps is located in Alps
Carnic Prealps
Carnic Prealps
Location within the Eastern Alps
Country Italy
Region Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Parent range Carnic and Gailtal Alps
Borders on
Rivers Tagliamento
Orogeny Alpine orogeny
Type of rock Sedimentary rocks[1]

The Carnic Prealps (Prealpi Carniche in Italian) or Southern Carnic Alps (German: Südliche Karnische Alpen) are a mountain range in the Southern Limestone Alps, part of the larger Carnic and Gailtal Alps group. They are located in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, in the northern part of Italy.


According to the Alpine Club classification of the Eastern Alps, the Carnic Prealps (AVE 57b) stretch from the Piave River in the south and west up to Sappada and Forni Avoltri, forming the border with the Dolomites range. The northern border with the main chain of the Carnic Alps runs along the Degano Valley to Comeglians in the Carnia region, and further eastwards via Paluzza, Ligosullo and Paularo to the Fella Valley at Pontebba. In the east the ravine of the Tagliamento River marks the border with the Julian Alps down to the Padan Plain in the south.

Administratively the range belongs to the Italian province of Pordenone and Udine.

Notable summits[edit]

Campanile di Val Montanaia (Dolomiti Friulane supergroup)

Some notable summits of the range are:

Name metres
Cima dei Preti 2,713
Monte Duranno 2,652
Monte Cridola 2,581
Croda Montanaia 2,548
Cima Both 2,437

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sainsbury, Brendan (2011). Camminare in Italia (in Italian). EDT srl. p. 196.