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Monte Musinè

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Monte Musinè or simply Musinè in Piedmontese mont Musinè is a mountain in the Graian Alps in the Metropolitan City of Turin, Piedmont, north Italy Musinè is well known for the high cross on its peak, as well as for being the mountain closest to Turin It is visible from the Piedmontese plateau and from the mountains in the provinces of Biella and Vercelli


  • 1 Geography
    • 11 SOIUSA classification
  • 2 History
    • 21 UFO sightings
  • 3 Nature conservation
  • 4 References
  • 5 Other projects
  • 6 External links


Mount Musinè in the background seen from Monte Casto Pennine Alps, BI

Mount Musinè is the easternmost mountain of the long ridge which, starting from Rocciamelone, divides the valleys of Susa and Lanzo

Its main summit has a subsummit called Truc dell'Eremita Hermit's hill, 1101 m, and is surrounded by several minor hills To the east on a 535 m high hill stands Saint Abaco's sanctuary, and to the northeast on Monte Calvo, 551 m high, there is a Via Crucis leading to a chapel

Mount Musinè is connected to the neighbouring Mount Curto 1323 m by a broad wooded ridge, the lowest point of which is the Colle della Bassetta Bassetta's pass, 945 m

Mount Musinè's summit is a tripoint at which the borders of the municipalities of Caselette, Almese and Val della Torre meet

SOIUSA classification

Musinè's south face

According to SOIUSA International Standardized Mountain Subdivision of the Alps Mount Musinè can be classified in the following way:

  • main part = Western Alps
  • major sector = North Western Alps
  • section = Graian Alps
  • subsection = Southern Graian Alps
  • supergroup = catena Rocciamelone-Charbonel
  • group = gruppo del Rocciamelone
  • subgroup = cresta Lunella-Arpone
  • code = I/B-7I-A2b


Summit cross

A number of prehistoric and protohistoric archaeological sites have been discovered in the area These include traces of a hut dating to the early Bronze Age ca 1700 BC found in Caselette, and several finds from the late Iron Age in the vicinity of Almese Truc Randolera

Two Roman buildings from the imperial period are located near the mountain: a villa rustica in Caselette and a large residential villa in Almese Grange di Rivera

A local tradition states that it was near Mount Musinè and therefore not during the Battle of the Milvian Bridge that the emperor Constantine I saw a flaming cross and the words In hoc signo vinces shortly before the Battle of Turin 312 against his rival Maxentius, which he won

In 1901 a 15 m high cross was built on the top of the mountain using reinforced concrete

On the northeastern slopes of Mount Musinè several magnesite quarries were active between 1875 and the Second World War

UFO sightings

Several encounters with UFOs have been reported around the mountain from the 1970s onward

Quite well known is the case of December 8, 1978, when two young hikers walking on the slopes of the Musinè saw a bright light; one of them, after approaching it, temporarily disappeared His mate, with the help of some passers-by, searched for him and after a while found his friend in a state of shock and with a noticeable scald on one leg After regaining consciousness the young man he reported having seen an elongated vehicle and that some strangely shaped beings descended from it, touching and efting him Both the young hikers suffered from conjunctivitis for some time

Nature conservation

The mountain and its surrounding area are included in a SIC Site of Community Importance of 1,52429 ha called Monte Musine' e Laghi di Caselette code IT1110081


  1. ^ a b Italian official map 1:2500 of Istituto Geografico Militare on-line on wwwpcnminambienteit
  2. ^ key col: Colle della Bassetta 945  m
  3. ^ Marazzi, Sergio 2005 Atlante Orografico delle Alpi SOIUSA in Italian Priuli & Verlucca p 134 ISBN 978-88-8068-273-8 
  4. ^ A Bertone et al, in "Quaderni della Soprintendenza Archeologica del Piemonte" 11 1993, pp 274-276
  5. ^ A Bertone, in "Quad Sopr Arch Piem" 3 1984, pp 279-280
  6. ^ E Lanza, G Monzeglio, I Romani in valle di Susa, S Ambrogio 2001, pp 71-76 e 92-97; D Vota, Duemila anni fa in Valle di Susa Il tempo dei Cozii, Borgone 2010, pag 190-195 and 207-210, with reference biography
  7. ^ Centini, Massimo 2003 La grande enciclopedia di Torino: personaggi, monumenti, eventi storici, lingua, arte , curiosità e folclore di un'antica capitale, rimasta intatta nello spirito fino ai giorni nostri Newton & Compton 
  8. ^ Aldo Molino, Musiné Monte del mistero, article on Piemonte Parchi n128 June/July 2003, pag46-47
  9. ^ D Vota, Il segno sul monte, Borgone 2001
  10. ^ D Vota, La comunità civica nell'Ottocento, in Caselette Uomini e ambienti cit, pp 374-380
  11. ^ Orengo, Nico 2007-12-09 "La montagna incantata sotto il Musinè" La Stampa Retrieved 2014-02-03 
  12. ^ Nattero, Rosalba 2011-06-14 "Il Monte Musiné tra storia, tradizione, UFO e viaggi nel tempo" Shan Newspaper Retrieved 2014-02-03 
  13. ^ Siti di Importanza Comunitaria SIC, Regione Piemonte, list on giscsiit Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine accessed in September 2011
  • Dembech, Giuditta 1995 Il Musinè Ipotesi su una montagna incantata Ariete Multimedia 
  • AA, VV 1999 Caselette: uomini e ambienti ai piedi del Musiné dalle origini all'Ottocento Melli 

Other projects

Media related to Monte Musinè at Wikimedia Commons

External links

  • Panoramic image from the summit on panoica-netit
  • Monte Musiné, Italy on peakbaggercom
  • Geography portal
  • Mountains portal

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