Metropolitan cities of Italy

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The Città Metropolitana (Italian for "Metropolitan City") is an Italian administrative institution created by the reform of local authorities (Law 142/1990), later amended by 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999 and 2009 provisions,[1] operative from 2014. The Città Metropolitana, as defined by law, includes a large core city and the smaller surrounding towns that are closely related to it with regard to economic activities and essential public services, as well as to cultural relations and to territorial features, that form its metropolitan area. A città metropolitana (legal name) is therefore, by all means, a metropolitan area. The main aim of the reform was to give metropolitan areas the administrative powers of a province.


The original 1990 law individuated as metropolitan areas the communes of: Turin, Milan, Venice, Genoa, Bologna, Florence, Rome, Bari, Naples and their respective hinterlands, reserving the autonomous regions the right to individuate metropolitan areas in their territory.[2] Amendments added Reggio Calabria (in 2009)[3] and Bergamo, Brescia, Salerno (in 2013)[4] to the list. The metropolitan areas individuated by the autonomous regions were: Cagliari, Catania, Messina, Palermo and Trieste.

In 2005, the Italian Ministry of the Environment has produced a study on the state of metropolitan areas regulation in Italy, that contains an analysis of the local authorities already defined and suggestions on the delimitation of the remaining.[5] In December 2013, Lower House, approves the establishment of the 9 metropolitan cities.[6]

Administrative divisions and Demography[edit]

Metropolitan City Region Area
Population Density
Municipalities Established Mayor
Bari-Stemma.png Bari
Bologna-Stemma.png Bologna
Emilia Romagna
FlorenceCoA.svg Florence
Stemma di Genova.svg Genoa
CoA Città di Milano.svg Milan
CoA Città di Napoli.svg Naples
Coat of arms of Rome.svg Rome
Turin coat of arms.svg Turin
Coat of Arms of the Republic of Venice.svg Venice

Former municipalities amalgamated to metropolitan cities:

  • Bari:
  • Bologna:
  • Florence:
  • Genoa:
  • Milan:
  • Naples:
  • Rome:
  • Turin:
  • Venice:

Sizing Economic Performance[edit]

Data by Global MetroMonitor 2012[7]

Metropolitan city GDP ($ billion) Population GDP per capita ($) Employment
Bologna 32.8 836,014 39,194 441,099
Florence 51.6 1,490,636 34,640 710,932
Genoa 30.1 911,726 33,003 381,883
Milan 289.3 7,626,467 37,938 3,588,796
Naples 83.6 4,460,993 18,749 1,286,022
Rome 167.8 4,328,236 38,765 2,086,794
Turin 76.6 2,338,339 32,775 1,071,747
Venice 57.9 1,642,986 35,252 769,887

Metro Cities with Forbes Fortune 500 Global Companies, in 2013:[8]

Alternative studies[edit]

Given the situation of persisting administrative and statistical uncertainty, during the last decades a few authoritative alternative studies has been produced regarding Italian metropolitan areas. According to OECD,[9] the largest conurbations are:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Vittorio Ferri (2009). Metropolitan cities in Italy. An institution of federalism. University of Milan-Bicocca. Retrieved 2011-05-23. 
  2. ^ Law 8 June 1990 n. 142
  3. ^ Law 5 May 2009 n. 42
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "Environmental issues in the administration of metropolitan areas". Italian Ministry of the Environment. 2005. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ "Data Global MetroMonitor 2012". 
  8. ^ "Forbes Fortune 500 Global Companies". 
  9. ^ OECD. "Competitive Cities in the Global Economy" (PDF). Retrieved 30 April 2009. [dead link]