The Apennine Mountains are a mountain range consisting of parallel smaller chains extending c. 1,200 km (750 mi) along the length of peninsular Italy. Here, their slopes appear mostly brown, with snow-capped peaks in some places. In the southwest they end at Reggio di Calabria, the coastal city at the tip of the peninsula.
Since about 2000 the Ministry of the Environment of Italy, following the recommendations of the Apennines Park of Europe Project, has been defining the Apennines System to include the mountains of north Sicily, for a total distance of 1,500 kilometres (930 mi). Here, the volcano Mount Etna can be observed in eastern Sicily, with brown slopes and a snow-capped peak.