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Major Rivers in Italy
RiverLength (km)Length (miles)Drainage area (km²)OutflowCountries in the drainage basinItaly Regions in the drainage basin
Po River65240570091Adriatic SeaItalyPiedmont, Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy
Adige River41022512200Adriatic SeaItalyTrentino–Alto Adige, Veneto
Tiber River40525217375Tyrrhenian SeaItalyEmilia-Romagna, Umbria, Lazio
Adda River3131947800Po RiverItalyLombardy
Oglio River28017466,49Po RiverItalyLombardy
Tanaro River2761718234Po RiverItalyLiguria, Piedmont
Ticino River2481547226Po RiverItaly, SwitzerlandLombardy
Arno River2411508247Ligurian SeaItalyTuscany
Reno River2111315040Adriatic SeaItalyEmilia-Romagna, Tuscany
Piave River2201374092Adriatic SeaItalyVeneto

The rivers of Italy have been important throughout history, from the time of the Roman Empire and even today.

As the lifeline of the nation, Italy's rivers have been the primary water sources of this peninsular nation, with major cities springing up along the river banks for easy access to fresh water. There are over a thousand rivers and streams in Italy. The major rivers in Italy include the Po River, the Tiber, Arno, Reno, and Adige Rivers.

Major rivers draining into the Adriatic Sea include the Po, Adige, Reno, Savio, and the Isonzo. The Po the longest river in Italy, flowing through Turin and Ferrara, before emptying into the Adriatic Sea after about 652 kilometers (405 miles). The Adige River is also quite long, flowing 410 kilometers (250 miles) from the border of Austria and Switzerland over near Verona and out into the Adriatic Sea.

The Tiber flows through Rome, and drains into the Tyrrhenian Sea to the west of Italy. The Tiber is the third longest river in Italy, flowing about 406 kilometers (252 miles) from the Apennine Mountain range, through the regions of Emilia-Romagna, Umbria, and finally Lazio, where it reaches Rome.

The Arno eventually flows into the Ligurian Sea after first passing through Florence in the Tuscany region.

Each of these and the other rivers of Italy has many smaller tributaries, which carry the fresh water to other cities and areas of the country.


Last Updated on: February 25th, 2020