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Coordinates: 44°04′N 12°34′E / 44.067°N 12.567°E / 44.067; 12.567
Mouth of the Marecchia in Rivabella! Rimini
Mouth of the Marecchia in Rivabella
Country Italy
Regions Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna
Provinces Arezzo, Rimini
Comuni Badia Tedalda, Casteldelci, Verucchio, Rimini
 - left Senatello
 - right Massa, San Marino, Ausa
City Rimini
Source Alpe della Luna
 - location Badia Tedalda, Arezzo, Italy
 - elevation 1,454 m (4,770 ft)
 - coordinates 43°41′20″N 12°8′32″W / 43.68889°N 12.14222°W / 43.68889; -12.14222
Mouth Adriatic Sea
 - location Rimini, Rimini, Italy
 - coordinates 44°04′N 12°34′E / 44.067°N 12.567°E / 44.067; 12.567
Length 70 km (43 mi)
Basin 500 km² (193 sq mi)
Discharge for Pietracuta
 - average 11 /s (388 cu ft/s)
Map of the Marecchia river
Map of the Marecchia river
Wikimedia Commons: Marecchia river

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.

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

Geography[change | change source]

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 | change source]

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 | change source]

The tributaries of the Marecchia river are:

Left tributaries:

  • Senatello

Right tributaries:

  • Massa
  • San Marino
  • Ausa

Gallery[change | change source]

View of Valmarecchia from Verucchio

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

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

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