The Carnic Prealps (Prealpi Carniche in Italian) or Southern Carnic Alps (German: Südliche Karnische Alpen) are a mountain range in the Southern Limestone Alps, part of the larger Carnic and Gailtal Alps group. They are located in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, in the northern part of Italy.
Cima dei Preti, the highest mount of the range
|Peak||Cima dei Preti|
|Elevation||2,703 m (8,868 ft)|
|Native name||Prealpi Carniche|
|Parent range||Carnic and Gailtal Alps|
|Type of rock||Sedimentary rocks|
According to the Alpine Club classification of the Eastern Alps, the Carnic Prealps (AVE 57b) stretch from the Piave River in the south and west up to Sappada and Forni Avoltri, forming the border with the Dolomites range. The northern border with the main chain of the Carnic Alps runs along the Degano Valley to Comeglians in the Carnia region, and further eastwards via Paluzza, Ligosullo and Paularo to the Fella Valley at Pontebba. In the east the ravine of the Tagliamento River marks the border with the Julian Alps down to the Padan Plain in the south.
Some notable summits of the range are:
|Cima dei Preti||2,713|
- Sainsbury, Brendan (2011). Camminare in Italia (in Italian). EDT srl. p. 196.