Top 10 Rivers of Italy
There are plenty of splendid and beautiful rivers across Italy where one can get a glimpse of the natural scenic beauty located amidst calm surroundings.
They are famous for their history, for the scenery, the lovely little towns along their banks or the sports and activities, like rafting, you can do on their waters.
Here is a look at some of the top 10 rivers in Italy:
Po is one of the largest rivers in Italy and it flows through some of the most vital cities across Italy such as Turin, Ferrara and Piacenza. This river measures 405 miles in length and 1,650 feet at its width and is definitely small when compared to the Nile river or the Yangtze. 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 is considered to be the second largest river of Italy after the Po river and the source of this river is located in Alpine area close to the Italian border along Austria and Switzerland. One of the main highlights of this river is the artificial Alpine Lake Reschen through which it flows that is situated at the Reschen Pass just over the Inn valley. This lake has a church tower known for the village site, which got completely flooded in 1953.
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 1, and remembered in many popular songs, chief among them "La Leggenda del Piave" (The Legend of Piave). Across its course form many quaint lakes. Today it is one of the principal water sources for the agricultural farms and hydroelectric power station in the plains of Veneto.
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, which has a symbolic iron monument. It has a well-preserved natural environment across Romagna and comprises of The River Savio National Park as the major attraction with different species of animals
Tiber is regarded as the third largest rivers of Italy that rises at the Apennine mountain range and flows at about 406 kms along Umbria and Lazio into the Tyrrhenian Sea. This river is well known as one of the vital means of water ways along the city of Rome. The source of Tiber River comprises of two springs located around 10 meters apart from each other towards Mount Fumaiolo. The name Le Vene is given to these springs and they can be found in the beech forest at an elevation of 1,268 meters above sea level. It seems that the city of Rome was found on the banks of Tiber in the year 753 B.C. This river was regarded vital for trade and commerce during the ancient times, as the ships were able to reach up to 100 kms upwards.
Alcantara can be found in Sicily, which is one of the largest island of the Mediterranean Sea surrounded by many other smaller islands. The source of this river is located at the southern side of Monti Nebrodi with its mouth located at the Ionian Sea and it is around 52 kms in length. It seems that thousands of years ago, the river bed was stopped by the flow of lava arising from Mount Etna. The Alcantara river park was created with the intention of protecting the river and also as a recreation and tourist spot for the visitors.
In the Tuscany region of Italy, the river Arno occupies a prime place and begins at Mount Flaterona along the Casentino region. It drifts towards the western side and passes through Florence, Pisa and Empoli and flows into the Ligurian Sea. It is the second largest river of this region with Sieve, Bisenzo , Ombrone, Elsa, Esa, Pesa and Pescia as its main tributaries. Besides, this river also crosses Florence and passes through Santa Trinita bridge and Ponte Vechhio.
Across North of Sardinia, the third longest river after Tirso and Flumendosa can be seen which has a length of 115 km. On the Mountains of Ala, one can come across the Coghina's Spring situated in the province of Olbia Tempio. This river flows into the Gulf of Asinara through the towns of Valledoria and Badesi. To get additional water for use in electricity generation, there are two dams created leading to Lake Coghinas and Casteldoria.
Across western Sicily, the river Belice is located which is around 77 kms in length with its major source located closed to Piana degli Albanesi. From there it runs southwards and westwards for around 45.5 kms in the form of right Belice until it is merged with the left Balice at 42 kms. Further, it increases across the slopes of Rocca Busambra. Before coming into the Strait of Sicily, the Belice proper flows for around 30 kms towards the eastern region of Selinus.
Cenischia is a mountain stream that forms a part of the Po river basin and acts as a left tributary of the Dora Riparia to form the valley- Val Cenischia. It sets the boundary along the Graian Alps across the Northern region and Cottian Alps along the South. The main source of this river is located in France and it flows through the reservoir located close to Grand Croix and enters different settlements along this region.
There are plenty of rivers that can be found in Italy across different regions including river Sesia where plenty of white river rafting activities take place. This river forms the tributary of the River Po and it is one of the major tourist attractions as people who enjoy rafting find this river to be really fascinating. Besides, the beauty of the valley and the scenic charm of the river brings lot of excitement to such activities. You can try some of the rafting expedition in this well-known rafting destination and enjoy the adventurous journey.