Appennine Mountains, Italy Winter/Spring 1997. A large region of central Italy
is visible in this synoptic, southeast view that extends from the Adriatic Sea
coast (bottom) to the Tyrrhenian Sea coast (top). Three major physiographic
provinces are observed in this image: the drier, less inhabited, rocky limestone
tablelands and narrow plains of the east coast (bottom); the central part of the
Alpine Mountain system, known as the Appennine Mountains, that extend
northwest-southeast along the spine of peninsular Italy; and the area west of
the Appennines that is made up of hills and volcanic features. The dark,
oval-shaped features (Lake Bolsena-largest and Lake Bracciano) are water-filled
calderas. Lake Trasimeno (aqua colored feature) is also visible near the right
(middle) margin of the scene. On the east side of this central part of the
Italian Peninsula, the rivers are close together and flow swiftly in short
parallel courses into the Adriatic Sea. The concentration of whitish features
reveals the location of snow covered higher elevations of the Appennine
Mountains, many exceeding 2440 meters above sea level. Rome, the Eternal City,
is located south of Lake Bracciano (near top center of the image) in the Tiber
River Valley. Numerous passes and tunnels through the mountains facilitate
ground traffic between the east-west coasts (NASA).
More images of Europe
Geographic Guide Travel. Itálie, ʻĪkālia, Italùii.
Capital Rome city, Golfo di Taranto, Adriatic
Sea and Sandinia. Cities of Lecce, Otranto and Barletta.