The New Student's Reference Work/Adriatic Sea
Adriatic (a-dri-ă′tic) Sea, is an arm of the Mediterranean, which separates Italy from Trieste, Croatia, Dalmatia and Albania. Its greatest length is 450 miles and its mean breadth 90 miles. The Po is the most important river flowing into the Adriatic Sea, and the chief cities bordering it are Venice, Trieste, Ancona and Brindisi. In 1177 Venice gained a victory on the Adriatic over Otho, the son of Frederick Barbarossa, whereupon the pope gave the doge a ring and instituted the famous ceremony of marrying the Adriatic.