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View of the Arno from the Ponte Vecchio
Physical characteristics
 - locationMount Falterona
 - elevation1,385 m (4,544 ft)
 - locationLigurian Sea
Length241 km (150 mi)
Basin size8,228 km2 (3,177 sq mi)
 - average110 m3/s (3,900 cu ft/s) (at the mouth)

The Arno is a river in the Tuscany region of Italy. It is one of the important rivers of central Italy.

Source and route[change | change source]

The river begins on Mount Falterona in the Casentino area of the Apennines. It first takes a curve to the south. The river turns to the west near Arezzo. It passes through Florence, Empoli and Pisa, then flows into the Tyrrhenian Sea at the Marina di Pisa. At a length of 241 kilometres (150 mi), it is the longest river in the region.

A flood on November 4, 1966 collapsed the embankment in Florence. This killed at least 40 people. It also damaged or destroyed millions of works of art and rare books. 40 years later, hundreds of works had still not been restored.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. Alison McLean (November 2006). "This Month in History". Smithsonian. 37 (8): 34.