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The Adige ( ; Venetian: Àdexe; Trentin: Ades; Friulian: Adis; ; Ladin: Adesc, or Adiç; Latin: Athesis) is a river with its source in the Alpine region of Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol near the Italianmarker border with Austriamarker and Switzerlandmarker. At in length, 220 located in the province of Bolzano, it is the second longest river in Italy, after the Po Rivermarker with .

The river flows out of the artificial Alpine Reschenseemarker, located at the Reschen Passmarker ( ) close to the borders with Austria and Switzerland above the Innmarker valley. The lake is known for the church tower that marks the site of the former village of Alt Graunmarker ("Old Graun") that was abandoned and flooded in 1953 when the dam enclosing the headwaters was finished. Near Glurnsmarker, the Rom River from the Swiss Val Müstairmarker joins.

The Adige then runs eastbound through the Vinschgaumarker to Meranmarker (this section is called Etschtalmarker) where it is met by the Passermarker river from the north. South of Bolzanomarker, the Eisack joins the river that is now heading south through a valley that always has been one of the major routes through the Alps, leading to and from the Reschen Pass and the Brenner Passmarker, at considered the easiest of the main Alpine passes.

The Salurner Klause/Chiusa di Salorno narrows at Salornomarker marks the southern-most part of the German-speaking area. Thus, the Adige was mentioned in the Lied der Deutschen of 1841 as the southern border of the German language area of the time. This song was made the national anthem of Germanymarker in 1922, after Italy took control of all of the Adige.

Near Trentomarker, the Avisiomarker, Noce, and Fersina rivers join. The Adige then crosses Trentino and later Veneto, flowing past the city of Veronamarker and the towns of Roveretomarker and Adriamarker through the Lagarina valley and the north-eastern part of the Po plain into the Adriaticmarker sea. Both the Adige and the Po run parallel in the river delta without properly joining.

As a river in the mountains, it is subject to sudden swellings and overflows. It is also connected through artificial underground canals to Lake Gardamarker for flood prevention.

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