List of mayors of Trieste

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Mayor of Trieste
Sindaco di Trieste
Roberto Dipiazza (Forza Italia)

since 20 June 2016
AppointerPopular election
Term length5 years, renewable once
WebsiteOfficial website

The Mayor of Trieste is an elected politician who, along with the Trieste's City Council, is accountable for the strategic government of Trieste in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy, the biggest city of the region. The current Mayor is Roberto Dipiazza from Forza Italia, who took office on 20 June 2016.[1]


According to the Italian Constitution, the Mayor of Trieste is member of the City Council.

The Mayor is elected by the population of Trieste, who also elect the members of the City Council, controlling the Mayor's policy guidelines and is able to enforce his resignation by a motion of no confidence. The Mayor is entitled to appoint and release the members of his government.

Since 1993 the Mayor is elected directly by Trieste's electorate: in all mayoral elections in Italy in cities with a population higher than 15,000 the voters express a direct choice for the mayor or an indirect choice voting for the party of the candidate's coalition. If no candidate receives at least 50% of votes, the top two candidates go to a second round after two weeks. The election of the City Council is based on a direct choice for the candidate with a preference vote: the candidate with the majority of the preferences is elected. The number of the seats for each party is determined proportionally.

Italian Republic (since 1949)[edit]

City Council election (1949-1993)[edit]

From 1949 to 1993, the Mayor of Trieste was elected by the City's Council.

  Mayor Term start Term end Party
1 Gianni Bartoli 12 June 1949 4 August 1957 Christian Democracy
2 Mario Franzil 6 November 1958 10 November 1967 Christian Democracy
3 Marcello Spaccini 10 November 1967 15 May 1978 Christian Democracy
4 Manlio Cecovini 15 May 1978 24 June 1983 List for Trieste
5 Arduino Agnelli 12 February 1985 29 March 1985 Italian Socialist Party
6 Franco Richetti 29 March 1985 26 November 1986 Christian Democracy
7 Giulio Staffieri 26 November 1986 19 June 1988 List for Trieste
(6) Franco Richetti 19 June 1988 6 June 1992 Christian Democracy
(7) Giulio Staffieri 6 June 1992 5 December 1993 List for Trieste

Popular election (since 1993)[edit]

Since 1993, under provisions of new local administration law, the Mayor of Trieste is chosen by popular election.

Mayor of Trieste Took office Left office Party Coalition
8 Riccardo Illy-Rovereto.jpg Riccardo Illy 5 December 1993 12 May 1997 Centre-left independent DC - PDS - AD
12 May 1997 24 June 2001 The Olive Tree
(PDS - PPI - RI)
9 Dipiazza.png Roberto Dipiazza 24 June 2001 23 April 2006 Forza Italia House of Freedoms
(FI - AN - UDC - LN - PRI)
23 April 2006 31 May 2011 House of Freedoms
(FI - AN - UDC - LN - PRI)
10 Roberto Cosolini.jpg Roberto Cosolini 31 May 2011 20 June 2016 Democratic Party PD - SEL - IdV - FdS - PSI
(9) Dipiazza.png Roberto Dipiazza 20 June 2016 Incumbent Forza Italia FI - LN - FdI


  1. ^ "Roberto Dipiazza centra il tris: è di nuovo il sindaco di Trieste". Il Piccolo. 19 June 2016. Retrieved 8 October 2018.