Sarno (river)

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Affresco romano - Pompei - Casa dei triclini - triclinio c fiume sarno.JPG
Personification of Sarno in Pompei
Country Italy
Physical characteristics
Main source Above Sarno
30 m (98 ft)
River mouth Bay of Naples, near Pompeii
Length 24 km (15 mi)
  • Average rate:
    13 m3/s (460 cu ft/s)
Basin features
Basin size 500 km2 (190 sq mi)

The Sarno, known as Sarnus to the Romans, is a stream that passes through Pompeii to the south of the Italian city of Naples.[1] It is considered the most polluted river in Europe.[2] as the result of industrial waste. It flows about 24 kilometres (15 mi) from the base of Mt. Sarno to the Bay of Naples collecting water from the Solofrana and Cavaiola tributaries during the course of its flow.

It is still partially used for irrigation, as well as the transportation of goods and fishing. It is part of the Sarno river basin, which covers about 500 square kilometres (190 sq mi).[3]


  1. ^ Purcell, N., R. Talbert, S. Gillies, T. Elliott, J. Becker. "Places: 433102 (Sarnus (river))". Pleiades. Retrieved March 21, 2015. 
  2. ^ Water Pollution Facts
  3. ^ Albanese, S; Iavazzo, P; Adamo, P; Lima, A; De Vivo, B. "Assessment of the environmental conditions of the Sarno river basin (south Italy): a stream sediment approach". Environ Geochem Health. 35: 283–97. doi:10.1007/s10653-012-9483-x. PMID 23053925. 

External links[edit]

  • [1] Sarno River: Italy

SOURCE: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Bethesda, MD, USA

Coordinates: 40°44′N 14°28′E / 40.733°N 14.467°E / 40.733; 14.467