Platani (river)

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Physical characteristics
 • locationMonti Sicani
 • elevationc. 1,000 to 1,200 m (3,300 to 3,900 ft)
MouthMediterranean Sea
 • coordinates
37°23′46″N 13°16′15″E / 37.3960°N 13.2708°E / 37.3960; 13.2708Coordinates: 37°23′46″N 13°16′15″E / 37.3960°N 13.2708°E / 37.3960; 13.2708
Length103 km (64 mi)
Basin size1,785 km2 (689 sq mi)
 • average7.5 m3/s (260 cu ft/s)

The Platani (Sicilian: Plàtani), known in ancient Greek as the Λύκος (Lykos, "wolf") or Ἁλυκός (Halykos, "Salty"),[1] is a river in southern Sicily, Italy. It is the fifth longest in the island after Imera Meridionale, Simeto, Belice and Dittaino, with a course of 103 km, and the third for drainage basin with 1,785 km2, after the Simeto and Imera Meridionale. It flows through the provinces of Palermo and Agrigento, marking the boundary between the latter and that of Caltanissetta.

The Platani river near Heraclea Minoa.

The river generates at the confluence of Platani di Lercara and Platani di Castronuovo, which, respectively, springs in the comuni of Lercara Friddi (under the Pizzo Lanzone mountain) and Santo Stefano Quisquina (between the Serra della Moneta and Pizzo della Rondine mountains). From the confluence to the mouth it runs for c. 83 km; including the branch of Castronuovo the total length is 103 km. Along its course the Platani receives the waters of several affluents, including the Gallo d'Oro, Turvoli, Vallone Morella, Vallone Tumarrano and Vallone di Aragona.

The river flows into the Strait of Sicily, near Capo Bianco, on the boundary of the comuni of Ribera and Cattolica Eraclea.



Diodorus Siculus (1963). Welles, C. Bradford (ed.). Library of History. Vol. 8. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0-674-99464-5.