Italy is crossed by many charming rivers which offer a natural scenic beauty. The longest ones are located in the northern Italy, because the Apennines split the country in two parts.
The romantic and charming cities that are born on the rivers have a lot to tell to travelers, who like visiting the big cities as well as discovering new places.
Here is a selection of the most charming Italian cities crossed by a river.
The Tiber in Rome
The Tiber is considered as the third longest river of Italy. Springing from the Apennines, the river flows for around 400 kms along the center of Italy up to the Tyrrhenian Sea.
The Tiber is especially known as the main stream crossing the eternal city, Rome. According to legend Rome was founded on the banks of the Tiber in the year 753 B.C. and its founders, the twin brothers Romulus and Remus, were abandoned on its waters.
During ancient times, the river was essential for trade and as a communication canal.
The Navigli in Milan
Navigli is the most romantic district in Milan, named for the canals that once constituted a 150 km long network which connected the city with the lakes and rivers in Lombardy region.
This network of canals made Milan as one of Italian largest inland ports, in spite of the lack of a main river.
These waterways were used to carry the marble used for the Duomo construction from the Lake Maggiore to the center of the city.
The Arno in Florence
The Arno is the most important river of central Italy after the Tiber and the main river of Tuscany region. The Arno flows below many bridges in Florence providing a balanced sense of continuity to the city.
Dividing Florence in two parts, the river confers a charming perspective to both banks of the city.
In the ancient times the Arno has been the source of employment for millers, wool workers and tanners, increasing Florence’s economic development. On the other hand, it caused destruction and death caused by floods.
The Arno in Pisa
As in Florence, the presence of Arno river impacted the city of Pisa forever. The river divides Pisa in two parts: “tramontana” and “mezzogiorno”, respectively south of the Arno and north of the Arno.
The roads bordering the river are called “Lungarni” which create an enchanting impact on locals and visitors.
The Lungarni riversides of Pisa were an attraction for many Italian and European writers enchanted by the amazing urban scenery outlined by the curves of the river.
The Po in Turin
The Po crosses Turin from north to south and it is considered as an entertainment center for the festivals and sporting events which take place there.
The Adige in Verona
Famous all over the world as the homeland of love of the two most well-known lovers in the world, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is the ideal city for a romantic getaway or for those looking for love.
The Po in Comacchio
Comacchio is a town in the province of Ferrara, Italy. Situated in a lagoon, it is built on more than thirteen different small islands, connected by bridges.
The essential resources of these wetlands are the salt ponds and the fish farming.
The Mincio in Mantua
The city is a jewel of the Renaissance, worldwide famous for art treasures and natural beauty.
The Temo in Bosa
The Temo, unique navigable river of Sardinia, bisects the city of Bosa crossing it on the old town. Agriculture and fishing are important resources for the city economy.