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The Nervia is a 28.3-kilometre (17.6 mi) stream of Liguria (Italy).

The river at its mouth
CountryItaly, France
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ locationMonte Pietravecchia
 ⁃ elevation1,900 m (6,200 ft)
 ⁃ location
Ligurian Sea between Ventimiglia and Vallecrosia, Italy
 ⁃ coordinates
43°47′03″N 7°37′47″E / 43.78417°N 7.62972°E / 43.78417; 7.62972 (Mediterranean Sea-Nervia)Coordinates: 43°47′03″N 7°37′47″E / 43.78417°N 7.62972°E / 43.78417; 7.62972 (Mediterranean Sea-Nervia)
 ⁃ elevation
0 m (0 ft)
Length28.3 km (17.6 mi)[1]
Basin size195 km2 (75 sq mi)[1]
 ⁃ average2.64 m3/s (93 cu ft/s)[2]



The river rises near Monte Pietravecchia, in the Ligurian Alps, and flows through the Valle Nervia mainly heading south. It passes through the communes of Pigna and Isolabona; around one km before Dolceacqua it receives from right the Barbaira, its most important tributary. After Camporosso and enters the Ligurian Sea between Ventimiglia and Vallecrosia.

Nervia basin (195 km2) is almost totally included in the Province of Imperia, besides 3.5 km2 belonging to France and located in its upper part.[1]

Main tributariesEdit

Middle age's bridge on the Nervia in Dolceacqua.
  • Left hand:
    • rio Ubago,
    • rio Gordale,
    • rio Bonda,
    • rio Toca,
    • rio Merdanzo (which from Apricale flows down to the Nervia, reaching it near Isolabona),
    • rio Peitavino or Vallone degli Orti (flowing in the Nervia at Dolceacqua).
  • Right hand:
    • rio dei Rugli,
    • rio Muratone,
    • rio Altomoro,
    • rio Marcora,
    • rio Papeira,
    • torrente Barbaira.

Nature conservationEdit

The mouth of the Nervia and its surrounding area are included in a SIC (Site of Community Importance) of around 44 ha called Torrente Nervia (code IT1315719); Monte Pietravecchia too, at the sources of the stream, is included in a SIC called Monte Toraggio - Monte Pietravecchia (cod. IT1315421).[3]


  1. ^ a b c ‹See Tfd›(in Italian)BACINO DEL NERVIA, Provincia di Imperia, on-line in pdf: [1] (access: 2015-05-08)
  2. ^ ‹See Tfd›(in Italian)Portate (mc) NERVIA a Isolabona, dati APAT 1929-1960, on-line su simn/dati/alov_portate Archived 2014-03-04 at the Wayback Machine (access: 2015-05-08)
  3. ^ "I siti in provincia di Imperia". (in Italian). Provincia di Imperia administration. Retrieved May 9, 2015.

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

  Media related to Nervia at Wikimedia Commons