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Metauro à San Angelo in Vado.jpg
The river Metauro San Angelo in Vado, Italy
Origin near Monte dei Frati
Mouth Adriatic Sea near Fano
Basin countries  Italy
Length 110 km (68 mi)
Source elevation about 1,400 m (4,600 ft)
Avg. discharge 20.8 m3/s (730 cu ft/s)
Basin area 1,325 km2 (512 sq mi)

The Metauro is a river of the Marche, central Italy. It rises in the Apennine Mountains and runs east for 110 kilometres (68 mi) or 121 kilometres (75 mi) if the Meta is included as its uppermost reach.

Its source is located near Monte dei Frati in the border region between Pesaro E Urbino, Arezzo and Perugia.[1] its name (from Latin Metaurus[2] or Mataurus, in Ancient Greek Métauros, Μέταυρος) stems simply from the union of the two torrents: Meta, running from the Apennine pass Bocca Trabaria, at an elevation of 1,044 metres (3,425 ft), and Auro, flowing from the Monte Maggiore, at an elevation of 1,384 metres (4,541 ft).

Communes crossed by Metauro include, in order, Sant'Angelo in Vado (where the river forms the Cascata del Sasso, "Waterfall of the Stone"), Urbania, Fermignano, Fossombrone (in whose territory it receives the waters of the Candigliano), and, after flowing into a tight valley, the Gola del Furlo, Montemaggiore al Metauro, from which it starts to flow in a plain area. It flows into the Adriatic Sea near Fano.


Two battles were fought on the banks of Metauro in ancient times.


  1. ^ Hammond World Atlas (6 ed.). Hammond World Atlas Corporation. 2010. p. 69. ISBN 9780843715606. 
  2. ^ Richard J.A. Talbert, ed. (2000). Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World: Map-By-Map Directory I. Princeton, NJ and Oxford, UK: Princeton University Press. p. 610. ISBN 0691049459. 

Coordinates: 43°50′N 13°03′E / 43.833°N 13.050°E / 43.833; 13.050

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