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The Longest and Most Important Rivers in Italy


Silent canals, flow passages between the plains, streams in the mountains or near our cities: these are the rivers. Rivers for thousands of years they have shaped and transformed our regions.
While some digging into the rock create spectacular passages, others originated in the most fertile valleys of the country. But which are the longest rivers in Italy, and which i most important?
In our standings, without pretending to want to overdo it, we tried to select them for you.



20 - Liri-Garigliano, 158 Km

Regions crossed: Abruzzo, Lazio, Campania

At position number twenty we find the river Liri-Garigliano, named after the confluence with the Gagliano river. This river crosses much of central and southern Italy. At the end of the journey, after covering 158 km, it flows into the Tyrrhenian Sea.

19 - Dora Baltea, 160 Km

Regions crossed: Aosta Valley, Piedmont

Il Dora Baltea it is known to be an important tributary of the river Po. Originating on the slopes of Mont Blanc, it travels for 160 km through northern Italy. It was also originally known by the French name of Doire Baltèe.

18 - Churches, 160 km

Regions crossed: Trentino-Alto Adige, Lombardy

The eighteenth longest Italian river is the Churches. This river originates in the Adamello Group and flows for just over 160 km. Its importance is fundamental for the functioning of the hydroelectric plants in the Trentino and Lombardy areas.


17 - Ombrone, 161 Km

Regions crossed: Tuscany

L'Ombrone was born near the city of Castelnuovo Berardenga, near the Chianti Mountains. After a distance of 161 km and numerous tortuous movements, this river flows into the delta in the Tyrrhenian Sea
A curiosity: the Ombrone is, after the Arno, the second river in Tuscany.


16 - Tagliamento, 170 km

Regions crossed: Friuli-Venezia-Giulia, Veneto

The most important river in Friuli Venezia-Giulia is the Tagliamento. With its 170 km it is one of the few in Europe that maintains the morphology of intertwined canals. The flora and fauna of the Tagliamento is rich in precious living species. Near this river it is not difficult to meet animals such as the stone marten and the kestrel.

15 - Ofanto, 170 Km

Regions crossed: Campania, Basilicata, Puglia

If Puglia were identified with a river, this would surely be theOfanto. Numerous cities of are bathed by this river, among others we remember Melfi, San Ferdinando di Puglia and Monteverde.

14 - Secchia, 172 Km

Regions crossed: Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy

This northern Italian river plays a considerable role as a vital right tributary of the Po. Bucket, with its 172 km, it is the fourteenth longest river in the nation, but its importance is mainly due to the production of electricity, made possible thanks to the various hydroelectric plants along its basin.


13 - Brenta, 174 Km

Regions crossed: Trentino-Alto Adige, Veneto

Il Brenta, a river that originates in the province of Trento between the lakes of Caldonazzo and Levico, is a fundamental stream that flows into the upper Adriatic. Its importance in history is due to the fact that it is considered as one of the two rivers that gave rise to the Venice Lagoon.


12 - Volturno, 175 Km

Regions crossed: Molise, Campania

Il Volturno it is a river that has a history. Present in many pages by authors such as Claudiano, Stanzio and Bartolomeo Fazio, who praised it for the speed of its waters, the Volturno is generated in Molise and is unanimously considered the best known and most important river in the South.

11 - Sarca-Mincio, 203 Km

Regions crossed: Trentino-Alto Adige, Veneto, Lombardy

This double river system, consisting of the river Mincio and from Sarca, is the eleventh in Italy in terms of length. The brilliance of the waters and the spectacular journey that spreads for more than 203 km, make it rise to the rank of other important Italian rivers.

10 - Reno, 210 Km

Regions crossed: Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna

Our Top-ten opens with the Reindeer, after the Po, the best known watercourse in Emilia-Romagna. Thanks to its annual flow rate of 26,5 m³ / s, its hydroelectric service is essential for the regions it crosses, but also for the entire nation.


9 - Piave, 220 Km

Regions crossed: Veneto

Il Piave, it may also be due to the song that they made us learn at school, it is one of the most popular Italian rivers. The name of "River sacred to the Fatherland" was attributed to him in the aftermath of the First World War, which saw him protagonist in a decisive moment. Its waters always flow within the Veneto.

8 - Arno, 241 Km

Regions crossed: Tuscany

At position number eight we find theArno, considered the most important river in Tuscany after the Tiber. The large amount of bridges built to cross the different banks of the Arno make us grasp the importance of this river within the nation.


7 - Ticino, 248 Km

Regions crossed: Piedmont, Lombardy

Il Ticino, it will be better to clarify immediately, it is not just an Italian river. It was born in Switzerland but becomes Italian and continues its journey in our country, until it becomes a tributary of the Po. Its importance is due to its waters which, according to bacteriological studies, are the cleanest of all.

6 - Tanaro, 276 Km

Regions crossed: Piedmont, Liguria

The second river in Piedmont is the Tanaro. It is the sixth longest river in Italy, and certainly among the most popular in the nation. Due to its complex regime it is the object of study by geologists who come from all over the world.

5 - Oglio, 280 Km

Regions crossed: Lombardy

This fundamental river, theOglio, arises from the convergence of two different rivers: the Frigidolfo and the Narcanello. With its regular range it is an important tributary of the Po. Its 280 Km make it place fifth in our ranking.

4 - Adda, 313 Km

Regions crossed: Lombardy

A step below the podium we find theAdda, an important river in northern Italy. The life of this river originates in the Rhaetian Alps and continues its course, unstoppable, up to the Po. The Adda is in fact the main tributary of the Po in terms of length.

3 - Tiber, 405 Km

Regions crossed: Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany, Umbria, Lazio

From here Tiber and think Rome, there is little to do. And it couldn't be otherwise. But perhaps few were aware of the fact that this central Italian river is the third longest in the nation. Now you know, don't you feel better?

2 - Adige, 410 Km

Regions crossed: Trentino-Alto Adige, Veneto

Almost on the border, precisely in the Alto Adige region, this river is born. The waters of the Adriatic Sea know of South Tyrol, and it could not be otherwise considered that this river ends its course precisely between these waters. The cycle path of the Adige valley runs along the banks of the river. Perfect for a nice bike ride.

1 - Po, 652 Km

Regions crossed: Piedmont, Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto

At position number one we find the Po. The The best known Italian river is also the longest of all. It crosses four regions and covers the beauty of 652 km, covering the entire Po Valley.

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