Top mountains of Sicily – the Peloritani Mountain range

Mountains near Peloritani, ©Malega/Flickr

Mountains near Peloritani, ©Malega/Flickr

The Peloritani mountain range is situated in the southern region of Italy, in the northern coast of the island of Sicily. The highest peaks of this beautiful mountain range are Montagna Gradne with a height of 1374 meters and Rocca Novara with a height of 1340 meters. The mountain range is crossed by several valleys and streams. Its flora is varied. The woodlands which used to be quite vast are made of pine trees, oak and chestnut but due to the presence and work of humans not the territory is covered only by sparse woods. The Peloritani offer amazing hikes and walks for nature lovers and hiking enthusiasts. Visit the Peloritani and climb its highest peaks!

Getting to know the Peloritani

Around the city of Messina there are several steep peaks and hills forming a circle shaped range. This breathtaking natural attraction, the Peloritani Mountains extend majestically along the Ionian coast right towards the Nebrodi Range. Peloro Cape spreads out and straddles on the western side over the Tyrrhenian-Sea while on the eastern side it meets the Ionian-Sea.

Peloritani landscape, ©In2ShФФT/Flickr

Peloritani landscape, ©In2ShФФT/Flickr

This mountainous area is mostly covered with metamorphic and ingenious rocks on sandstone soil, although the plateau of Argumusco has rocks of different origin. Is it was mentioned before, the Peloritani once was covered in a thick woodland where lots of deer and other animal species made their homes but today many trees are cut down and only in the replanted areas have living flora: different kinds of oak trees, pines, beech and a few chestnut trees.

Historical significance

The Peloritani Mountains, which basically are closing in the town of Messina, used to be an important transportation barrier. Being in the backdrop they have protected Messina from being attacked from the land, sea and other parts of Sicily, which made it much easier for Messina to be a fierce and independent settlement during the Middle Ages. However there are other significant mountain ranges in the area, such as Etna or the Nebrodis, the Pelortani Mountains still has important significance. A lively view of this mountain range can be seen from Calabria.

Mountains near Peloritani, ©Malega/Flickr

Mountains near Peloritani, ©Malega/Flickr

Mountain biking and hikes in the Peloritani

Just like in any other mountains, in the Peloritani as well are several mountain paths and tracks ideal for mountain biking and challenging enough for hikers as well. Pack your backpack, put your hiking boots on and climb the peaks of the Peloritani Mountains from where you can enjoy a spectacular and scenic view.

Mountain biking, ©tonylanciabeta/Flickr

Mountain biking, ©tonylanciabeta/Flickr

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