Monte Cimone Observatory
The “O. Vittori” observatory is located at the top of Mt. Cimone (44°12' N, 10°42' E, 2165 m a.s.l.), the highest peak of the Northern Apennines and it is characterised by a 360 degree free horizon. The “O. Vittori” Observatory is located above the timberline and only some patches of grass can be found on the mountaintop, which is mostly rocky and covered with snow for 6-7 months a year. In spring, the last snowfall generally takes place in mid-April while in autumn the early snowfall usually occurs in mid-November. The "O. Vittori" observatory is located south-westward from the mountain top (and 50 m below), where the Italian Air Force weather observatory is located (50-60 m far from the "O. Vittori" observatory).