Top rivers of Italy

Top rivers of Italy

There are plenty of amazing and beautiful rivers across Italy. They are famous for their history, for the scenery and lovely little towns along their banks. Here are some of the most famous rivers of Italy.

  • Po. This is the longest river in Italy and it flows through some of the most vital cities in the country, such as Turin, Ferrara and Piacenza. This river measures 405 miles in length and 1,650 feet at its width. Around 141 tributaries feed this vast river along with a catchment basin of around 27,000 sq miles that leads to the plains of Val Padana.
  • Adige. The Adige is the second largest river of Italy after the Po. It originates on the Alps, in the area marking the border between Italy, Austria and Switzerland. The Adige forms the artificial lake Reschen which is known for hiding within an abandoned underwater village, whose church belfry still rises from the waters.
  • Piave. This river flows through the Northern part of Italy, springing in the Alps and clearing its water into the Gulf of Venice. It’s called the ‘Fiume Sacro alla Patria’ (River Sacred to the Country) in memory of the hard battles fought on its banks during World War I. Today it is one of the principal water sources for the agricultural farms and hydroelectric power station in the plains of Veneto.
  • Savio. The river Savio is located across northern Italy and has its source close to Montecoronaro located on Mount Castelvecchio. The source of this river is situated at a height of 1,126 meters. It has a well-preserved natural environment across Romagna and comprises of The River Savio National Park.
  • Tiber. The Tiber is the third largest river of Italy. It springs from the Apennines and flows for about 406 kms along Umbria and Lazio, until he reaches the Tyrrhenian Sea. This river is especially known for being the main water basin touching Rome. It seems that the city of Rome was founded on the banks of the Tiber in the year 753 B.C. This river was vital for trade and commerce during ancient times, as ships were able to reach up to 100 kms upwards.
  • Alcantara. The Alcantara is in Sicily. It originates on the Monti Nebrodi and meets the Ionian Sea after a course of about 52 kms. The Alcantara River Park was created with the intention of protecting the river and also as a recreation and tourist spot for visitors.
  • Arno. The Arno is the main river of Tuscany. It originates on the Mount Flaterona, along the Casentino region. It runs westwards, towards the Ligurian Sea and touches cities such as Florence, Pisa and Empoli.

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