The Monti Ausoni or Ausoni Mountains is a mountain range in southern Lazio, in central Italy. It is part of the Antiappennini, a group running from the Apennines chain to the Tyrrhenian Sea. They are bounded to the north by the Monti Lepini and to the south by the Monti Aurunci. They take the name from the ancient tribe of the Ausoni. The Monti Ausoni consist mainly of friable limestone. Altitudes vary from hills to the 1,152 m of Cima del Nibbio and the 1,141 m of Monte Calvo. Near Pastena are the eponymous Grotte (caves).
|Elevation||1,152 metres (3,780 ft)|
|Etymology||Ancient tribal name|
|Native name||Monti Ausoni|
|Range coordinates||41°25′N 13°20′E|
|Parent range||Apennine Mountains, Volsci Chain|
|Orogeny||Southern Apenninic Orogeny|
|Age of rock||Messinian of Miocene, Pliocene-Pleistocene|
|Type of rock||limestone karst|
Part of the Mountains is protected by Wilderness Area, which was established in 1999. It covers 4,230 hectares. Most of the valleys are covered in forests (of oak, cork oak and maple). There are also species of Quercus virginiana, Carpinella, the Aspen and the Laurel. Beneath the trees are numerous rare and endemic flora, such as Crocus imperati subsp imperati, Narcissus Poeticus, Asphodeline lutea (Asfodelina), Daphne oleoides (spatula Daphne) and Iris relicta.
- "WILDERNESS AREA MONTI AUSONI" (in Italian). wilderness.it. Retrieved 25 November 2015.