Ofanto

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Coordinates: 41°21′32.24″N 16°11′51.11″E / 41.3589556°N 16.1975306°E / 41.3589556; 16.1975306
Ofanto
River
Pont romain sur l'Ofanto à Canosa di Puglia.jpg
Roman bridge on the Ofanto (Canosa di Puglia)
Country Italy
Regions Campania, Basilicata, Apulia
Provinces Avellino, Potenza, Foggia, Barletta-Andria-Trani
Tributaries
 - right Fiumara d’Atalla
Source Apennines
 - location Torella dei Lombardi, Campania, Italy
 - elevation 715 m (2,346 ft)
 - coordinates 40°54′48″N 15°06′25″E / 40.91333°N 15.10694°E / 40.91333; 15.10694
Mouth Adriatic Sear
 - location Barletta, Apulia, Italy
 - elevation m (0 ft)
 - coordinates 41°21′32.24″N 16°11′51.11″E / 41.3589556°N 16.1975306°E / 41.3589556; 16.1975306
Length 165 km (103 mi)
Basin 2,764 km² (1,067 sq mi)
Discharge
 - average 15 /s (530 cu ft/s)
Map of the Ofanto river
Map of the Ofanto river
Wikimedia Commons: Ofanto River

The Ofanto (Latin: Aufidus) is a river in South Italy that flows through the regions of Campania, Basilicata, and Apulia, and into the Adriatic Sea.

Geography[change | change source]

The Ofanto river has a length of 165 km (103 mi), and a drainage basin with an area of approximately 2,764 km2 (1,067 sq mi).[1]

Course[change | change source]

The Ofanto river starts in the Apennines mountains, within the Irpinia (a historical region of the southern Apennines around Avellino), at an elevation of about 715 m (2,346 ft),[1] in the comune of Torella dei Lombardi, Province of Avellino, Campania. From there it runs southeast flowing into Lago di Conza, a man-made reservoir.

The river forms the border between the province of Avellino and the province of Potenza and then turns to the north, forming the border between the province of Foggia and the province of Potenza. It then turns to the northeast and forms the border between the province of Foggia and the province of Barletta-Andria-Trani.

Finallly, the river flows, in the community of Fiumara between Margherita di Savoia and Barletta, into the Adriatic Sea near the Gulf of Manfredonia.

The Ofanto flows through 3 regions, 4 provinces and 33 comuni, all in South Italy:

  1. Campania region
  2. Basilicata region
  3. Apulia region

Main tributaries[change | change source]

Most tributaries of the Ofanto river are small streams. Some of them are:[2]

Left tributaries:

  • Orata - 20 km[3]
  • Cortino - 12 km[4]

Right tributaries:

  • Olivento - 36 km[5]
  • Fiumara di Atella - 25 km[6]
  • Locome - 33 km[7]

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 La presenza della lontra nel bacino del Fiume Ofanto, Lega Italiana Protezione Uccelii La presenza della lontra nel bacino del Fiume Ofanto (in Italian).
  2. "Acque interna - Puglia" (in Italian). Fiumi iitaliani. Retrieved 5 August 2016. 
  3. "Torrente Orata" (in Italian). Fiumi italiani. Retrieved 5 August 2016. 
  4. "Torrente Cortino" (in Italian). Fiumi italiani. Retrieved 5 August 2016. 
  5. "Torrente Olivento" (in Italian). Fiumi italiani. Retrieved 5 August 2016. 
  6. "Fiumara d'Atella" (in Italian). Fiumi italiani. Retrieved 5 August 2016. 
  7. "Torrente Locome" (in Italian). Fiumi italiani. Retrieved 5 August 2016.