The Monte Lovello is southerly located from the Lovello Piccolo (Little Lovello), which is 150 m lower than its “big brother”.
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Mt. Lovello - Grosser Löffler in German, whereby “Löffel” means spoon - is one of the highest mountains in the Zillertal Alps. For a long time it was considered even to be the highest peak of Tyrol. The pyramidal mountain is located next to the Mt. Lovello Piccolo (3,225 m a.s.l.) and the Trippachspitze peak (3,271 m a.s.l.). It is surrounded by glaciers and its south ridge marks the national border between Italy and Austria. Its “little brother”, however, is also known as Mt. Piccolo Cucchiaio, which means “small spoon”.
At the foot of the Monte Lovello a coomb called Löffelkar is located - in 1840 the mountain was named after it. The nearest village in South Tyrol is Cadipietra in the Valle Aurina valley, 6 km away.
In 1843, Mt. Lovello was climbed for the first time by the geologist Markus Vincent Lipold and the chamois hunter Georg Schneider from Mayrhofen in the Zillertal valley who was the mountain guide. They started the tour in Ginzling in North Tyrol through the Floitengrund valley via the south ridge. Still nowadays this route is the easiest ascent. From the Greizer Hütte mountain hut in the upper Floitengrund, the top of the Monte Lovello is accessible within 3-4 hours.