Metropolitan cities of Italy

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Metropolitan cities of Italy.

The metropolitan city (città metropolitana in Italian) is an administrative division of Italy, operative since 2015. The metropolitan city, 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.


The original 1990 law individuated as metropolitan cities the comuni 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.[1] In 2009, amendments added Reggio Calabria to the list.[2] The metropolitan areas individuated by the autonomous regions were: Trieste in Friuli-Venezia Giulia; Cagliari in Sardinia; Catania, Messina and Palermo in Sicily.

On 3 April 2014 the Italian Parliament approved a law that establishes 10 metropolitan cities in Italy,[3] excluding the autonomous regions. The new metropolitan cities have been operative since 1 January 2015.


The metropolitan city is composed by the municipalities (comuni) that before had been members of the same province. Each metropolitan city is headed by a metropolitan mayor (sindaco metropolitano) assisted by a legislative body, the Metropolitan council (consiglio metropolitano), and by a non-legislative assembly, the metropolitan conference (conferenza metropolitana). Members of the Metropolitan council are elected and chosen by mayors and city councilors of each municipality in the metropolitan city, the metropolitan mayor is the mayor of the provincial capital. The metropolitan conference is composed by the mayors of the municipalities closest to the capital.[4]

The main functions devolved to the new metropolitan cities are:

  • local planning and zoning;
  • provision of local police services;
  • transport and city services regulation.

Metropolitan cities[edit]

Metropolitan city Area (km²) Population Population Density (/km²) Established Mayor
Città metropolitana di Roma Capitale - Stemma.png Rome
5,352 4,336,915 810 3 April 2014 Virginia Raggi (M5S)
CoA Città di Milano.svg Milan
1,575 3,190,340 2,026 3 April 2014 Giuseppe Sala (PD)
CoA Città di Napoli.svg Naples
1,171 3,128,702 2,672 3 April 2014 Luigi De Magistris (MA)
Turin coat of arms.svg Turin
6,829 2,293,340 336 3 April 2014 Chiara Appendino (M5S)
5,009 1,276,525 255 4 August 2015 Leoluca Orlando (I)
Bari-Stemma.png Bari
3,821 1,251,004 327 3 April 2014 Antonio Decaro (PD)
Flag of Catania.svg Catania
3,574 1,116,168 312 4 August 2015 Enzo Bianco (PD)
FlorenceCoA.svg Florence
3,514 1,007,435 287 3 April 2014 Dario Nardella (PD)
3,702 1,005,831 271 3 April 2014 Virginio Merola (PD)
Stemma di Genova.svg Genoa
1,839 864,008 470 3 April 2014 Marco Doria (SI)
Coat of Arms of the Republic of Venice.svg Venice
2,462 858,455 349 3 April 2014 Luigi Brugnaro (I)
3,266 647,477 198 4 August 2015 Renato Accorinti (I)
Reggio Calabria Stemma.png Reggio Calabria
Reggio Calabria
3,183 558,959 176 3 April 2014 Giuseppe Falcomatà (PD)
Cagliari-Stemma sabaudo da L'archivio comunale di Cagliari.png Cagliari
1,248 431,302 346 4 February 2016 Massimo Zedda (SI)

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