Navigable River Po is the grand river of Italy. As from Pavia it is limitedly navigable and from Gremona it is a broad waterway. Surely it is the waterway in Italy with the best infrastructures but also with the heaviest traffic by commercial vessels. It also transports not quite 100% of the effluent of the city of Milano into the Sea..... The last few years, navigation has great new problems. On one hand there have been an increasing amount of high waters and on the other hand, the lowlands of Po are suffering of water shortage. Therefore, farmers are depending on the waters of the river in order to survive and this water is then missing for commercial shipping.
Navigable River Mincio is navigable over 23 km until just before Mantova, there are two locks on this short stretch.
Canale Bianco, an unknown greatness! An almost unknown waterway to leisure boaters, starting at Canale Po – Brodolo at the lock to River Po and flowing into River Mincia short before Mantua. Both ends are regularly used by convoys; the middle part pleases first of all fishermen. The canal crosses strongly used agricultural grounds with one exception, the town of Adria, it can be reached by a short side branch. It is open all through but has very low bridges. Bianco is fed by River Mincio. Unfortunately, there are no nice wharfs. Now and then one finds a possibility to tie up at reloading places for agricultural goods or in one of the villages.
Length: 120 km / lock dimensions 110 x 11 m / 6 locks