Brenta (river)

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Coordinates: 45°11′0″N 12°19′0″E / 45.18333°N 12.31667°E / 45.18333; 12.31667
The Brenta river in Bassano del Grappa.
The Brenta river in Bassano del Grappa.
Country Italy
Regions Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, Veneto
Provinces Trento, Vicenza, Venice
Comuni Caldonazzo, Bassano del Grappa, Mira, Chioggia
 - left Cismon
 - right Bacchiglione
Cities Bassano del Grappa, Mira
Source Levico and Caldonazzo lakes
 - location Caldonazzo, Trento, Italy
 - elevation 449 m (1,473 ft)
 - coordinates 46°0′26″N 11°15′58″E / 46.00722°N 11.26611°E / 46.00722; 11.26611
Mouth Adriatic Sea
 - location Chioggia, Venice, Italy
 - elevation m (0 ft)
 - coordinates 45°11′0″N 12°19′0″E / 45.18333°N 12.31667°E / 45.18333; 12.31667
Length 174 km (108 mi)
Basin 2,304 km² (890 sq mi)
Discharge for Bassano del Grappa
 - average 90 /s (3,178 cu ft/s)

The Brenta is an important river in northeastern Italy. It begins near the Caldonazzo and Levico lakes in Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol and flows for more than 174 kilometres (108 mi) into the Adriatic Sea to the south of the city of Venice.

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The Brenta river has a length of 174 km (108 mi), and a drainage basin with an area of approximately 2,304 km2 (890 sq mi).[1] Its average yearly discharge is 60–90 m3/s (2,100–3,200 cu ft/s) at Bassano del Grappa in the Vicenza province.

The Brenta, together with the Piave river, formed the Venetian Lagoon.[2]

Course[change | change source]

The Brenta river starts between the Caldonazzo and Levico lakes, two small lakes in the Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol region, in the comune of Caldonazzo, Trento province, at an elevation of about 449 m (1,473 ft). From here, the river flows through the Valsugana, the valley that goes from Bassano del Grappa to Trento, first to the east and later to the south. In this part, the Brenta is joined by its main left tributary, the Cismon stream, in the comune Cismon del Grappa, province of Vicenza (the Bacchiglione river is larger but it joins the Brenta near the mouth).

After the comune of Bassano del Grappa, the river flows through the Pianura Padana (the "Valley of the Po river"). Finally, it flows into the Adriatic Sea, near the comune of Chioggia in the Metropolitan City of Venice. Near the mouth, Brenta is joined in the locality "Ca' Pasqua" by the Bacchiglione river.

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References[change | change source]

  1. "Brenta" (in Italian). - Enciclopedie on line. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  2. "Il Brenta" (in Italian). Magico Veneto. Archived from the original on 24 August 2007. Retrieved 20 May 2017.

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