Photographer's Note

From the top of Monte Rosa (4554m). I have behind me the Cabanna Margherita, the refugee that is on the top... In front of me some people are near to the italian flag... All Italy in front of us.

Note about the name of the mountain...

The origin of the name “Rosa” is lost in the beginning of times.
On the name there’s no any legend but only histories and histories…
One of this history tells the name comes from the beautiful and enchanting colour, the pink (pink=rosa), that the mountain wears on its wide glaciers and snowfields before the sunset and during the sunrise: it’s not difficult to see Monte Rosa from the Pianura Padana or from the Valleys to its feet, inexplicably big and magic, even if it’s very far from town like Tourin or Milan and it seems float on a thin layer of air and sweet clouds.
Then, when the sun goes down, the last rays of light give a strange colour to the these mountains and the pink reigns onto other colours.
The second history tells the name comes from an ancient noun of the dialect of the Ossola Valley and the Valsesia, this dialect was the “patois”. In according with this history the name “Rosa” comes from that word next to “rouèse” and this ancient noun, with “rösa”, means “glacier”. And this last is probably the most reliable explanation on the origin of the name “Rosa”.

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