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Giants of the Alps

Four 4,000 m peaks in Valle d'Aosta

Mountain systems of the Val d'Aosta have sketched a natural skyline where 4 peaks, well known to mountaineers, are easily recognised: Mont-Blanc (4,810 m), a mountain sculpted in granite and second only in Europe after Mount Elbrus in the Caucasus mountains; Mount Cervino or Matterhorn  (4,478 m), with its characteristic pyramidal form; Mount Rosa (4,634 m), second highest mountain in the Alps; and mount Gran Paradiso (4,061 m), the only 4,000 m mountain to be entirely located on Italian land.