Rafting on the Adige is not only an adventure but the best way to explore Verona from a new perspective and learn the history of the Adige river, and its importance for the city and its territory. The Adige has always been both a fundamental resource and a threat for the people who lived along its shores; it was sometimes responsible for devastating floods, which led to the transition from abundance to famine.
Myths and legends about the Adige river have fueled its mysterious aura, like that of the beast, half-woman and half-snake, who lived in the area between Roverchiaretta and Bonavigo and fed on the children who wandered alone on the banks of the river. Another myth is the one of Carpanea, the legendary sank city fortified with seven orders of walls and a hundred towers, which stood between the rivers Adige and Tartaro.
The great canalization and rectification works carried out by the Hapsburg Empire in the nineteenth century tamed the powerful stream, making it safer for the inhabitants of its shores but profoundly altering its morphology: the size of the riverbed in some sections was reduced by up to 70% and contributed to the disappearance of islets rich in vegetation, secondary canals, sediment bars, swampy areas and meanders. The transformation of the river, with the construction of walls and bridges, was the background of the urban development of Verona.