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Monviso - Highest Peak in Piedmont

Monviso - Highest Peak in Piedmont

Monte Viso or Monviso (Occitan: Vísol; Piedmontese: Brich Monviso or Viso), is a mountain in the Cottian Alps 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 some distance, from the Piedmontese plateau and the Langhe. On a very clear day it can be seen from the spirals of the Milan Cathedral.
On the northern slopes of Monte Viso are the headwaters of the Po, 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 Valle del Guil. The northern sector of the group, from the Punta Gastaldi to the Colle delle Traversette, is located on the French border.
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 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.
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Ann Cleeves12-Jun-2012 20:28
A majestic presentation to match a majestic view.
Kevin Warren29-Jan-2012 02:19
An image worthy of this majestic landscape, fine work, Big V!
Bryan Murahashi28-Jan-2012 05:23
Very nice prominent peak and framing.
bill friedlander27-Jan-2012 22:08
Fantastic capture of the mountain, love the tree silhouettes, and the vignetting works well. Awesome image, Sofia! V
malcolm haslam27-Jan-2012 20:15
So grand. Marvelous presentation, Sofia.
Fong Lam27-Jan-2012 16:18
The mountain looks spectacular even in the distance...beautifully captured, Sofia! V
Irene Wehrli27-Jan-2012 16:17
Very well done Sofia, love the vignette!
peterjay4527-Jan-2012 16:11
A beautiful image, well edited.
Hank Vander Velde27-Jan-2012 15:16
Beautiful nicely framed image Sofia. Nice light of the mountain, nice blue sky and nice forest silhouetted in the foreground.
fdt27-Jan-2012 10:40
Beautiful image. f
Ken Chambers ARPS27-Jan-2012 10:29
What a wonderful "Picture Postcard" shot.. Superb Sofia.