river in Italy

The Marecchia (Latin: Ariminus) is a river of the Emilia-Romagna region. The city of Rimini gets its name from the Latin name of the river.

Physical characteristics
 - locationMonte dei Frati in the Province of Arezzo
 - elevation1,454 m (4,770 ft)
MouthAdriatic Sea
 - coordinates44°04′35″N 12°33′48″E / 44.0763°N 12.5634°E / 44.0763; 12.5634
Length70 km (43 mi)
Basin size941 km2 (363 sq mi)
 - average10.8 m3/s (380 cu ft/s) (at Pietracuta)

Its low course marks the end of the Padan Plain (Italian: Pianura Padana).

Geography change

The Marecchia river has a length of 70 km (43 mi), and a drainage basin with an area of approximately 500 km2 (193 sq mi).[1]

Its discharge (volume of water which passes through a section of the river per unit of time) depends of the season: in the autumn could be as high as 1,200 m3/s (42,000 cu ft/s) but is very low during summer. Most of the time, the discharge is about 11 m3/s (390 cu ft/s).

Course change

The Marecchia river flows through a valley named after it, Valmarecchia. The river starts at about 1 km (0.6 mi) west of Viamaggio (comune of Pieve Santo Stefano) and about 4 km (2.5 mi) southwest of the comune of Badia Tedalda, in the province of Arezzo (Tuscany), in the Alpe della Luna at an elevation of 1,454 m (4,770.3 ft) above sea level.

At about 3 km (1.9 mi) to the northeast of Badia Tedalda, the river flows into the Emilia-Romagna region, in the Casteldelci comune, province of Rimini. Then it flows through Ca 'Raffaello, an exclave of Badia Tedalda; to the north of here, the Senatello river flows into the Marecchia as a left tributary. Later, in Ponte Masa, the Masa river flows from the right into the Marecchia.

Shortly after Torello, the San Marino river flows as a right tributary and, after the Verucchio comune, the Ausa flows also from the right.

Between the frazioni (Italian subdivisions of a municipality) of Rivabella and San Giuliano, in Rimini, the Marecchia river ends in the Adriatic Sea.

The Bridge of Tiberius (Italian: Ponte di Tiberio) or Bridge of Augustus (Latin: Pons Augustus) is a Roman bridge in Rimini. Its construction began in the times of Augustus but was finished in 20 AD in the times of Tiberius.

Main tributaries change

The tributaries of the Marecchia river are:

Left tributaries:

  • Senatello

Right tributaries:

  • Massa
  • San Marino
  • Ausa

Gallery change

View of Valmarecchia from Verucchio

Related pages change

References change

  1. "Marecchia" (in Italian). - Enciclopedie on line. Retrieved 29 October 2016.

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