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The Po Valley is a major geographical feature of Northern Italy. It extends approximately 650 km (400 mi) in an east-west direction, with an area of 46,000 km2 (18,000 square miles) including its Venetic extension not actually related to the Po river basin; it runs from the Western Alps to the Adriatic Sea. The flatlands of Veneto and Friuli are often considered apart since they do not drain into the Po, but they effectively combine into an unbroken plain, making it the largest in Southern Europe.

About 50% of European rice production comes from Italy, and 90% of that from the floodplain of the fertile Po Valley. This thunderstorm came up near Vercelli.

© Rainer Merkl
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  • Taken: Sep 17, 2021
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  • Updated: Jan 4, 2022