The Adige (German: Etsch; Venetian: Àdexe; Romansh: Adisch; Ladin: Adesc; Latin: Athesis; Ancient Greek: Ἄθεσις) is an Italian river that starts in the Alps in the province of South Tyrol near the Italian border with Austria and Switzerland, flowing through most of Northeast Italy to the Adriatic Sea.
|Etymology||Latin Athesis, from Celtic *yt-ese, "the water"|
|- location||Graun im Vinschgau, South Tyrol, Italy|
|- elevation||1,520 m (4,990 ft)|
|Length||410 km (250 mi)|
|Basin size||12,100 km2 (4,700 sq mi)|
|- average||235 m3/s (8,300 cu ft/s)|
Its average yearly discharge (volume of water which passes through a section of the river per unit of time) is 205 m3/s (7,200 cu ft/s) at Boara Pisani, a comune in the Padua province near the mouth of the river.
Average monthly discharge (m3/s) at Boara Pisani (1961 - 1970)
The Adige starts in the Reschen Pass in the comune of Graun im Vinschgau, South Tyrol province, at an altitude of about 1,550 m (5,085 ft) close to the borders with Austria and Switzerland. First, it flows to the south until the confluence with the Ram river and then turns to the east. At Merano, the Adige is joined by the Passirio river and turns to the southeast; in Bolzano, it is joined by the Isarco, its main tributary. In the confluence with the Tasso river, the Adige flows to the south and, then, from Badia Polesine, it turns to the east and flows into the Adriatic Sea to the south of the mouth of the Brenta river and to the north of the mouth of the Po river.
The valley of the Adige gets several names: Venosta valley between the source and Merano, Adige valley between Merano and Trento, Vallagarina between Trento and Verona and, last, Padana valley between Verona and the mouth.
Main tributaries change
The main tributaries are:
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