What Are the Major Bodies of Water in Italy?

The Po, Arno, Tiber, Lake Garda, and Lake Maggiore are some of Italy’s most significant bodies of water. Italy is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea, the Ionian Sea, the Ligurian Sea, the Adriatic Sea, and the Tyrrhenian Sea.

The Po River, with a length of 405 miles, is the longest river in Italy. Its water source is the Alps bordering France, and it empties into the Adriatic Sea. It forms the plain of the Po Valley. Included among the rivers that empty into the Tyrrhenian Sea are the Arno and Tiber. The Drava River is an affluent of the Danube. Lake Garda is the largest lake in the country, measuring 142 square miles. With 82 square miles, Lake Maggiore is the second largest lake after Lake Como (56 square miles), Lake Trasimeno (48 square miles), and Lake Bolsena (44 square miles). The length of Italy’s contiguous zone is 27.6 miles, and its continental shelf extends at least 660 feet below the surface. It has territorial sea claims encompassing 13,8 miles. The Malta Channel separates the island of Malta with the southernmost tip of Italy’s Sicily. Venice is situated in the Venetian Lagoon and consists of 118 small islands separated by canals. It is situated between the rivers Piave and Po.


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