|• Total||58,052 km2 (22,414 sq mi)|
| • Estimate |
|– Official language||Italian|
|– Other common languages|
Central Italy (Italian: Italia centrale or just Centro) is one of the five official statistical regions of Italy used by the National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT), a first-level NUTS region and a European Parliament constituency.
Central Italy encompasses four of the country's 20 regions:
The southernmost and easternmost parts of Lazio (Sora, Cassino, Gaeta, Cittaducale, Formia, and Amatrice districts) are often included in Southern Italy (the so-called Mezzogiorno) for cultural and historical reasons, since they were once part of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies and southern Italian dialects are spoken.
Marche, Tuscany and Umbria form, along with Emilia-Romagna to the immediate north, what is traditionally the most left-wing region in Italy.
Lazio, particularly outside of Rome, is more politically conservative, a trait which it shares with Southern Italy.
- Italian NUTS level 1 regions:
- Northern Italy
- Southern Italy
- "Statistiche demografiche ISTAT". www.demo.istat.it.
- Source: Touring Club Italiano (TCI), "Atlante stradale d'Italia". 1999–2000 TCI Atlas. ISBN 88-365-1115-5 (Northern Italy volume) – ISBN 88-365-1116-3 (Central Italy volume) – ISBN 88-365-1117-1 (Southern Italy volume)
- Source: De Agostini, "Atlante Geografico Metodico". ISBN 88-415-6753-8
- Source: Enciclopedia Italiana "Treccani"