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Comune di Predappio
Palazzo Varano in Predappio.
Palazzo Varano in Predappio.
Coat of arms of Predappio
Coat of arms
Predappio is located in Italy
Location of Predappio in Italy
Coordinates: 44°06′N 11°59′E / 44.100°N 11.983°E / 44.100; 11.983
Country Italy
Region Emilia-Romagna
Province Forlì-Cesena (FC)
Frazioni Predappio Alta, Fiumana, Sant'Agostino, San Cassiano, San Savino, Santa Marina, Tontola, Trivella
 • Mayor Giorgio Frassineti
 • Total 91 km2 (35 sq mi)
Elevation 91 m (299 ft)
Population (31 December 2013)
 • Total 6,486
 • Density 71/km2 (180/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 47016
Dialing code 0543
Website Official website

Predappio is a town and comune in the province of Forlì-Cesena, in the region of Emilia-Romagna in Italy, with a population of 6,486 (2013). The town is best known for being the birthplace of Benito Mussolini, dictator of Italy from 1922 to 1943. Mussolini is also buried at Predappio, and his mausoleum is a local tourist destination, as well as a site of pilgrimage for Italian Fascists. In April 2009, the town council banned the sale of fascist souvenirs.[1]


From its origins (possibly Roman) until the 1920s, Predappio was a rural town of modest size, situated on the hills of Forlì. Augustus divided Italy into eleven provinces and Predappio was within the sixth province. It is believed that the town name derives from the installation in those locations of an ancient Roman family: the Appi. The town was so named Praesidium Domini Appi and abbreviated to Pre.DiAppi.

Historically the town developed around the medieval castle, looking down the valley. Along the valley, about 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) from Predappio, the town was known as Dovia (probably a corruption of the local Roman Road Duo Via).[2]

Benito Mussolini was born in Predappio in 1883. After a landslide which hit the town and left many people homeless, it was decided to build a bigger, more prestigious township. The new town was built following the architectural dictates of the emerging new Fascist regime to celebrate the birthplace of Mussolini. Along with the nearby town of Forlì, Predappio was given the title of La Città del Duce (the City of the Duce),[3] and became a site of pilgrimage for Fascists.

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  1. ^ "Mussolini's hometown finally bans fascist souvenirs". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Predappio: a Small Village that Changed Italy Forever". Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  3. ^ Duce: The title taken by Mussolini as Italian dictator

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