The Varaita is a 75 km river of the Province of Cuneo
Province of Cuneo
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 in north-west Italy
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. It is the first right tributary of the Po River
Po River
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The river springs at an elevation of some 2,500 m on the slopes of Monviso, in the Cottian Alps
Cottian Alps
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 near the French border
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, then proceeds through the valley named after it—the Valle Varaita—where it passes through centres including Frassino, Sampeyre
Sampeyre is a comune in the Province of Cuneo in the Italian region Piedmont, located about 70 km southwest of Turin and about 35 km northwest of Cuneo...

, Brossasco
Brossasco is a comune in the Province of Cuneo in the Italian region of Piedmont, located about 60 km southwest of Turin and about 25 km northwest of Cuneo....

 and Costigliole Saluzzo
Costigliole Saluzzo
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. Having entered the plains of the Po valley
Po Valley
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 it joins the Po near Casalgrasso
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The regime is typical of an Alpine
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: the flow is at its greatest in spring and in autumn while being drastically reduced during the summer. The mean discharge at its confluence with the Po is about 12 cubic metres per second.
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