Roya (river)

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Roya, Roia, Roìa
Fiume Roia.jpg
The river at Ventimiglia
Origin Colle di Tenda near Tende, France.
Mouth Ligurian Sea at Ventimiglia, Italy
43°47′17″N 7°36′22″E / 43.78806°N 7.60611°E / 43.78806; 7.60611 (Mediterranean Sea-Roya)Coordinates: 43°47′17″N 7°36′22″E / 43.78806°N 7.60611°E / 43.78806; 7.60611 (Mediterranean Sea-Roya)
Basin countries France, Italy
Length 59 km (37 mi)
Source elevation 1,908 m (6,260 ft)
Mouth elevation 0
Basin area 660 km2 (250 sq mi)

The Roya (French), Roia (Italian), or Ròia (Brigasc, Occitan) is a 59-kilometre (37 mi) river of France and Italy.


The river rises in French territory near the Col de Tende and flows through the Mercantour National Park The river passes through the communes of Tende, Saorge, Breil-sur-Roya, La Brigue, before entering Italy in the commune of Olivetta San Michele. The remainder of its course remains within the province of Imperia and, after crossing Airole the river enters the sea at Ventimiglia.[1]


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  1. ^ The Times (1985), Atlas of the World: Comprehensive Edition, Times Books, Plate 78 (C7).