The river Ticino is the most important perennial left-bank tributary of the Po River. It has given its name to the Swiss canton through which its upper portion flows.
The river rises in the Val Bedretto in Switzerland at the frontier between the cantons of Valais and Ticino, is fed by the glaciers of the Alps and later flows through Lake Maggiore, before entering Italy. The Ticino joins the Po a few kilometres downstream from Pavia. It is about 248 kilometres long. The highest point of the drainage basin is the summit of Grenzgipfel , at 4,618 metres . Beneath it flows the Anza River, a right-bank tributary of the Ticino.
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