Savio (river)

river in Italy

The Savio (Latin: Sapis) is a river that starts in the Apennines mountain and flows to east into the Adriatic Sea. It is the longest river of the Romagna region.

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The Savio at Castiglione di Ravenna
Physical characteristics
 - locationMount Castelvecchio near Montecoronaro
 - elevation1,126 m (3,694 ft)
 - locationAdriatic Sea near Lido di Savio
 - coordinates44°19′10″N 12°20′30″E / 44.31944°N 12.34167°E / 44.31944; 12.34167Coordinates: 44°19′10″N 12°20′30″E / 44.31944°N 12.34167°E / 44.31944; 12.34167
Length126 km (78 mi)
 - average6 m3/s (210 cu ft/s)


The Savio river has a length of 126 km (78 mi), and a drainage basin with an area of approximately 700 km2 (270 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 1,000 cubic metres per second but is very low during summer. Most of the time, the discharge is about 6 cubic metres per second.


The Savio river starts, with the name of Fosso Grosso, in the Mount Fumaiolo, a mountain in the Apennines, at an elevation of about 1,126 m (3,694 ft), in the commune of Verghereto, in the border between Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna regions. At its source there is monument with symbols that represent the Romagna region and the Verghereto commune.[2]

In Montecoronaro, a frazione (an Italian subdivision of a municipality) of Verghereto, the river takes the name of Savio. The river flows through the communes of Bagno di Romagna and San Piero in Bagno and, after a few kilometres, it forms an artificial reservoir, the Lago di Quarto, where it is joined, on the right side, by its first important tributary, the stream Para.

It flows through the communes of Sarsina, Mercato Saraceno and Cesena, all in the province of Forlì-Cesena. In Botello (a frazione of Cesena), it is joined on the left side by its main tributary, the stream Botello. Then it goes into the province of Ravenna and flows through Castiglione di Cervia (commune of Cervia) and Castiglione di Ravenna (commune of Ravenna).

Finally, after 126 kilometres, it flows into the Adriatic Sea between Lido di Classe, a seaside resort, and Lido di Savio.

Main tributariesEdit

The tributaries of the Savio are all small streams; the main are the Botello, left tributary, and Para, coming from the right.

Related pagesEdit


  1. "Savio" (in Italian). - Enciclopedie on line. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  2. "Sorgenti del Savio" (in Italian). Fumaiolo - Territori aperto fra Romagna e Toscana. Archived from the original on 15 August 2013. Retrieved 14 September 2016.

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