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Monte Viso

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Listing  Ultra
Parent range  Cottian Alps
Elevation  3,841 m
First ascent  30 August 1861
Mountain range  Alps, Cottian Alps
Location  Piedmont, Italy
Easiest route  South Face scramble
Prominence  2,062 m
Province  Province of Cuneo
Monte Viso httpsuploadwikimediaorgwikipediacommonsthu
First ascenders  William Mathews, Michel Croz
Similar  Gran Paradiso, Matterhorn, Mont Blanc, Rocciamelone, Barre des Écrins

Xochilmica o monte viso

Monte Viso or Monviso ([momˈviːzo]; Occitan: Vísol; Piedmontese: Brich Monviso or Viso), is the highest mountain of the Cottian Alps. It is located in Italy close to the French border. Monte Viso is well known for its pyramid-like shape and, because it is higher than all its neighbouring peaks by about 500 m, it can be seen from great distance, including from the Piedmontese plateau, the Langhe, the Theodulpass in the Zermatt ski area and the summits of the Mont Blanc massif. On a very clear day it can be seen from the spires of the Milan Cathedral. It has been suggested that Monte Viso could be one of the mountains which inspired the Paramount logo. In Italy is also known as Il Re di Pietra (The Stone King) because of his prominence within western Italian Alps landscape.


Map of Monte Viso, 12030 Oncino, Province of Cuneo, Italy

Monte viso versi n compostela aberta


On the northern slopes of Monte Viso are the headwaters of the Po, the longest Italian river, the so-called Pian del Re (2,020 m). The Monviso group is surrounded by the Valle Po, Valle Varaita and, on the French side, the Guil valley. The northern sector of the group, from the Punta Gastaldi to the Col de la Traversette, is located on the French border.

SOIUSA classificationEdit

According to the SOIUSA (International Standardized Mountain Subdivision of the Alps) the mountain can be classified in the following way:

  • main part = Western Alps
  • major sector = South Western Alps
  • section = Cottian Alps
  • subsection = southern Cottian Alps
  • supergroup = catena Aiguillette-Monviso-Granero
  • group = gruppo del Monviso isa
  • subgroup = nodo del Monviso
  • code = I/A-4.I-C.8.a
  • HistoryEdit

    Monte Viso is the location of a neolithic jadeite quarry, at an elevation of 2000 to 2400 metres. Its productivity peaked around 5000 BC. The jadeite was used to make cult axes, which are found all over western Europe.

    In ancient times the mountain was known as Vesulus.

    Monte Viso was climbed for the first time on August 30, 1861 by William Mathews, Frederick Jacomb, Jean-Baptiste Croz and Michel Croz.

    Monte Viso in literatureEdit

    Monte Viso is mentioned by various authors, Italian and non-, including Dante, Petrarch, and Chaucer. Dante mentions the mountain in a long simile in Canto XVI of the Inferno as the source of the Montone River:

    Come quel fiume c'ha proprio cammino
    prima dal Monte Viso 'nver' levante,
    da la sinistra costa d'Apennino

    Chaucer cites the mountain in the prologue to the Clerk's Tale in his Canterbury Tales, in a passage adapted from Petrarch's Latin version of his "Tale of Griselda":

    A prohemie, in which discryveth he,
    Pemond, and of Saluces the contree,
    And speketh of Appenyn, the hilles hye,
    That been the boundes of West Lumbardye,
    And of Mount Vesulus in special,
    Wher as the Poo out of a welle smal,
    Taketh his first spryngyng and his cours
    That eastward ay encresseth in his cours
    To Emele-ward, to Ferare and Venyse;
    The which a long thyng were to devyse.

    (Geoffrey Chaucer, "The Clerk's Tale," from The Canterbury Tales)


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