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Italy : Veneto

3.2 km (2.0 miles) NE of Villanova Marchesana, Rovigo, Veneto, Italy
Approx. altitude: 0 m (0 ft)
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Antipode: 45°S 168°W

Accuracy: 3 m (9 ft)
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#2: Panorama East #3: Panorama West #4: GPS Reading #5: Ground Zero #6: The Confluence Hunters #7: Water Point for Irrigation #8: Nearby Farmhouse #9: Decayed Farmhouse Nearby

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#1: The Confluence

(visited by Rainer Mautz and Elionora)

01-May-2008 -- This is the fourth out of 7 confluence points that we visited during a week-end trip to Italy, Slovenia and Croatia. Story starts from 45°N 9°E.

Coming from 45°N 11°E we had to stay all the way on county roads. It took us 2 hours to get here – this time Elionora was driving. For the final approach we took county road SP33 and turned northwards into Via Peschiera at about 2 km distance from the confluence. At a distance of 230 m we parked our vehicle next to a group of decayed farmhouses.

In order to avoid crossing the fields, we reached the confluence on a zig-zag course on foot. The last little challenge was a 2 m deep ditch with some water in it just 50 m from the exact confluence location. I tried to cross it on a pipe – but when I was in the middle of crossing it, I realised that it was slippery. I couldn’t return because turning around wouldn’t be easy to keep balance. So, I tried to continue but I had to step over a water-tap with sprinkling water and a thorny hedge. When I finally successfully had crossed the ditch, Eleonora was waiting for me already – she had simply taken a way around the ditch.

In the fields we recognised some little oasis in the otherwise dry fields. It turned out that this is a water access point for irrigation. On our way back we had a closer look at the decayed farmhouses. Obviously, the rationalisation has lead to a few numbers of farmers remaining active.

In order to reach two more confluences this day, we took off towards north-east. The next confluence further east on the 45°-line would have been in the Adriatic Sea. Therefore we opted to switch over to the 46th parallel for a while.

CP visit details:

  • Time at the CP: 1:53 pm
  • Driving time: 2 hours 3 min
  • Driving distance: 103 km
  • Hiking time: 16 min
  • Hiking distance: 200 m (beeline)
  • Distance to a road: 230 m
  • Distance to a track: 230 m
  • Distance to houses: 270 m
  • Topography: flat, in the river delta of Po River
  • Minimal distance according to GPS: 0 m
  • Position accuracy at the CP: 3 m
  • GPS height: -8 m
  • Vegetation: dry field with desiccation cracks, no vegetation. Some grass in a nearby ditch
  • Weather: fair, 27° C (felt temperature)
  • Description of the CP: In the northern part of Italy, Province of Rovigo in the region Veneto. 3km north of River Po. Farmland with water access points for irrigation. Some abandoned farms nearby.
  • Given Name: The Irrigation Point Confluence

Story continues at 46°N 13°E.


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#1: The Confluence
#2: Panorama East
#3: Panorama West
#4: GPS Reading
#5: Ground Zero
#6: The Confluence Hunters
#7: Water Point for Irrigation
#8: Nearby Farmhouse
#9: Decayed Farmhouse Nearby
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