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THE RIVER ADIGE

AdigeThe river Adige originates in Passo Resia, in Val Venosta and flows into the Adriatic Sea. With its 409 km it is the second longest Italian river and it crosses two regions: Trentino Alto Adige and Veneto. It flows- with slow progress and broad bends- for about 80 km in Polesine where it passes through several communes: Badia Polesine, Lusia, Rovigo, S. Martino di Venezze, Pettorazza Grimani, Loreo and Rosolina.
The history of the river is quite complex because of continuous modifications of the course due to a long series of violent and disastrous changes of course, which have changed the morphology of the land a number of times. AdigeToday, the river's course is retraceable to the course of Cucca of 589 AD when the river gushed out towards Legnago and Badia Polesine, acquiring its present configuration. In 1438, at the border with the province of Verona, the river burst its banks, a flooding that produced two openings: Malopera and Castagnaro. These canals went to rejoin the Tartaro river, which because of the color of its sand and the debris it carried, was named the Canal Bianco. The mouth is on the border between Chioggia, in the province of Venice, and Rosolina; right in the estuary one finds Porto Fossone, where one may admire interesting naturalistic areas, un-spoilt sites characterized by cane fields and several small islands.