Ligurian Alps

Ligurian Alps
French: Alpes Ligures, Italian: Alpi Liguri
Highest point
Peak Punta Marguareis
Elevation 2,651 m (8,698 ft)
Countries Italy and France
Region, Région Piedmont
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Range coordinates 44°10′N 8°05′E / 44.17°N 8.08°E / 44.17; 8.08Coordinates: 44°10′N 8°05′E / 44.17°N 8.08°E / 44.17; 8.08
Parent range Alps
Borders on Apennines and Maritime Alps
Orogeny Alpine orogeny

The Ligurian Alps are a mountain range in northwestern Italy. A small part is located in France. They form the south-western extremity of the Alps, separated from the Apennines by the Colle di Cadibona. The Col de Tende separates them from the Maritime Alps. They form the border between Piedmont in the north and Liguria in the south.


Administratively the range is divided between the Italian provinces of Cuneo, Imperia and Savona and the French department of Alpes-Maritimes (south-western slopes).

The Ligurian Alps are drained by the Tanaro River, along with other tributaries of the Po River, on the Piedmontese side, and by several smaller rivers that flow directly to the Mediterranean Sea on the Ligurian and French side.

Chief peaks and passes

Monte Antoroto in winter from Monte Grosso
Summer on Monte Galero

The chief peak of the Western Ligurian Alps is Punta Marguareis (2,651 m), and there are several other summits over 2000 m, while in Eastern Ligurian Alps (also called Ligurian Prealps[1]) the maximum elevation is 1739 m (Monte Armetta).

Punta Marguareis 2,651 8,695
Monte Mongioie 2,630 8,626
Cima delle Saline 2,612 8,567
Pizzo d'Ormea 2,476 8,121
Monte Besimauda 2,231 7,317
Monte Saccarello 2,201 7,219
Monte Frontè 2,152 7,058
Monte Antoroto 2,144 7,032
Monte Tanarello 2,096 6,877
Bric Mindino 1,879 6,163
Monte Armetta 1,739 5,703
Monte Galero 1,708 5,602
Rocca delle Penne 1,501 4,925
Monte Carmo di Loano 1,389 4,555
Monte Settepani 1,386 4,546

Some important pass in the Ligurian Alps are listed below.

Name Location Type Elevation
Colle di Cadibona Savona to Ceva highway 436 m (1,430 ft)
Colle di Melogno Finale Ligure to Ceva road 1,028 m (3,373 ft)
Colle San Bernardo Albenga to Garessio road 957 m (3,140 ft)
Colle di Nava Imperia to Ormea road 934 m (3,064 ft)
Colle San Bernardo di Mendatica Mendatica to Triora and Colle di Nava road 1,262 m (4,140 ft)
Col de Tende Tende to Cuneo road 1,870 m (6,140 ft)


Around 60 square kilometres (23 sq mi) of the Ligurian side of the range since 2007 are part of the Parco naturale regionale delle Alpi Liguri.[2]

See also



  1. "1A1 Prealpi LIGURI". Club Alpino Italiano of Liguria, Piedmont and Aosta Valley. Retrieved 2016-01-19.
  2. Storia del Parco,
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