Tallest Mountains of Italian Plateau

Tallest Mountains of Italian Plateau

June 8, 2020 Off By hollievise

Monte Bianco, meaning “White Mountain” is the highest mountain in Italy

Italy is one of the European Union countries located bordered by the Mediterranean Sea. The country shares its land border with San Marino, France, Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia. Italy’s total area is 116,347 square miles of which 2784 square miles is water. The country has a total population of 66 million inhabitants, the third most populous country in the EU. Italy’s climate is highly diverse ranging from humid subtropical to humid continental with hot summer and harsh winter. The country experiences considerable seismic and volcanic activities since the country is at the meeting point of African and Eurasian Plates. The highest elevation in Italy is Monte Bianco at 15,782ft. Italy’s tallest mountains are;

Monte Bianco

Bianco meaning “White Mountain” is the highest mountain in Italy with an elevation of 4,808 meters. The mountain, also known as Mont Blanc, is in the Graian Alps Range on the Watershed Line between Ferret and Veny Valleys. Monte Bianco is popular for snowboarding, hiking, mountaineering, and skiing. The mountain was first ascended in 1786 by Jacques Balmat and Michel Paccard. Currently, the mountain is climbed by over 20,000 mountaineers. The summit has provided perfect sites for the filming of television programs including Malabar Princess, Storm over Monte Bianco, and La Roue. The mountain is being considered a World Heritage Site because of its cultural importance. Temperature change and heat waves have had an impact on most climbing routes across the mountain and also causing the landslides which are dangerous to climbers.


Lyskamm is a mountain within the Pennine Alp lying on the border of Italy and Switzerland. The mountain, also called Silberbast meaning “Silver Blast,” is 4,527 meters above the sea level. Lyskamm is sometimes considered part of the Monta Rosa group due to its modest prominence. The mountain is composed of two summits; Western Lyskamm and Eastern Lyskamm separated by just a 1km long ridge. Lyskamm Mountain has several cornices lying on the ridge and also the frequent avalanches. The northern part of the mountain is an ice-covered wall rising to 1,100 meters while the southern side rises slightly above the glacier. The mountain is famous for mountaineering and hiking with the climbing routes accessed from Gnifetti Hut or Monte Rosa Hut.

Monte Cervino

Monte Cervino, also called Matterhorn, is a mountain in the Alps bordering Italy and Switzerland. The mountain is a huge symmetrical pyramidal peak within the Monte Rosa area. The pyramidal shape has four faces facing the four compass directions. The faces are prone to banner cloud formation giving the mountain a wonderful panoramic view. The summit of Monte Cervino Mountain is 4,478m high. The mountain has two summits; the Swiss and Italian Summit which are almost of the same height. Monte Cervino is very isolated and is exposed to rapid weather changes. The base of the mountain is composed of gneiss rocks. The mountain is rich in history, making it one of the major tourist attraction sites in Italy. Monte Cervino mountain area is serviced by railway and cable car facilities making the summit areas easily accessible.


Italy’s other tall mountains include Grandes Jorasses (4,208m), Dent d’Herens (4,174m), Breithorn (4,164m), Gran Paradiso (4,061m), Piz Zupo (3,996m), Grivola (3,969m), and Aiguille de Tre la Tete (3,930m). These mountains form the Alpine mountain mass consisting of some of the highest peaks in Italy.

Tallest Mountains In Italy

Rank Tallest Mountains in Italy Elevation
1 Monte Bianco 4,808 meters
2 Lyskamm 4,527 meters
3 Monte Cervino 4,478 meters
4 Grandes Jorasses 4,208 meters
5 Dent d’Herens 4,174 meters
6 Breithorn 4,164 meters
7 Gran Paradiso 4,061 meters
8 Piz Zupo 3,996 meters
9 Grivola 3,969 meters
10 Aiguille de Tre la Tete 3,930 meters


are related to emus (more on them, below) and live throughout parts of Australia and New Guinea. They move quickly along narrow tracks in the bush, running as fast as 31 miles per hour, and they can jump nearly 7 feet high. Standing over 5 feet tall, the heaviest females can weigh more than 160 pounds and males weigh up to 120 pounds.

When threatened, this bird kicks with its strong, powerful legs. It has been known to kill humans with slashing blows of its feet – the innermost of its three toes has a long daggerlike nail that can be 5 inches long.

Cassowaries are curious and will sometimes attack, though human attacks are pretty rare and mostly involve taking food from people. These birds are capable of leaving lethal wounds on internal human organs causing severe bleeding.

Cassowaries attack up to 200 people each year, especially if people approach them with food, but, thankfully, they will not attack unless provoked. Though shy and confrontation avoidant where possible, these birds will still use self defense as they are territorial and protective of their young.

The claws of the cassowary. Image credit: Vladimir Wrangel/Shutterstock.com

In 2019 in Florida, the owner of a cassowary and breeder of the birds died after he fell in his backyard and his bird attacked him.


Ostriches live in the African open country. They are the largest living birds, with adult males standing up to about 9 feet tall and weighing more than 330 pounds. These birds spend time individually, in pairs, in small flocks, or in large groups, depending on the season.

The ostrich relies on its two-toed strong legs to escape its enemies, mainly humans and large carnivores. A frightened ostrich can run 45 miles per hour. Its kick is so forceful that the bird can kill lions and other large predators (however, this is rare as most attacks result from humans provoking the birds).

The American musician, Johnny Cash, kept an exotic animal park with ostriches on his property. In 1981, he repeatedly found an aggressive male ostrich during his walks in the park. During one of these instances, the musician took a 6-foot stick and swung it at the bird, who dodged and then slashed at him with its foot. Cash recalled that the blow struck him in the stomach, and if it were not for a strong belt buckle, the ostrich’s toe claw would have cut his abdomen open and killed him.