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View From the Ponte Vecchio of the River Arno.jpg
View of the Arno from the Ponte Vecchio
Country Italy
Physical characteristics
Main source Mount Falterona
1,385 m (4,544 ft)
River mouth Ligurian Sea
Length 241 km (150 mi)
  • Average rate:
    110 m3/s (3,900 cu ft/s) (at the mouth)
Basin features
Basin size 8,228 km2 (3,177 sq mi)

The Arno is a river in the Tuscany region of Italy. It is one of the important rivers of central Italy.

Source and route

The river begins on Mount Falterona in the Casentino area of the Apennines. It first takes a curve to the south. The river turns to the west near Arezzo. It passes through Florence, Empoli and Pisa, then flows into the Tyrrhenian Sea at the Marina di Pisa. At a length of 241 kilometres (150 mi), it is the longest river in the region.

A flood on November 4, 1966 collapsed the embankment in Florence. This killed at least 40 people. It also damaged or destroyed millions of works of art and rare books. 40 years later, hundreds of works have still not been restored.

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