The Vara is a river of the Province of La Spezia in Liguria, north-west Italy.

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The river at the bridge of Ceparana, Bolano
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ locationMonte Zatta
 ⁃ elevation1,404 m (4,606 ft)
 ⁃ location
Right side of the river Magra at Santo Stefano di Magra
Length58 km (36 mi)
 ⁃ average16 m3/s (570 cu ft/s)


The river runs through Varese Ligure, Brugnato, Borghetto di Vara and Castiglione di Vara. At 58 kilometres (36 mi) it is the longest river in Liguria. The main source of the river is on Monte Zatta; for much of its course it flows in a southeasterly direction, parallel to the Riviera di levante, in the valley which takes its name: the Val di Vara. The river flows into the Magra, as a right tributary, at Fornola within the commune of Santo Stefano di Magra.


The Département du Vara or Dipartimento del Vara of Ligurian Republic took its name at the end of the 18th century from the river.[1]


Coordinates: 44°09′N 9°53′E / 44.150°N 9.883°E / 44.150; 9.883   Media related to Vara River at Wikimedia Commons

  1. ^ Gazzetta universale (in Italian). 1797. Retrieved November 4, 2015.