Central Italy

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Central Italy

Italia centrale
Map of Italy, highlighting Central Italy
CountryItaly
Regions
Area
 • Total58,052 km2 (22,414 sq mi)
Population
 • Estimate 
(2016 est.)
12,067,524
Languages 
 – Official languageItalian
 – 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.

Regions[edit]

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.

As a geographical region, however, Central Italy may also include the regions of Abruzzo and Molise,[2][3][4] which are usually part of Southern Italy for cultural and historical reasons.

Politics[edit]

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.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Statistiche demografiche ISTAT". www.demo.istat.it.
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Source: De Agostini, "Atlante Geografico Metodico". ISBN 88-415-6753-8
  4. ^ Source: Enciclopedia Italiana "Treccani"

Coordinates: 42°18′35″N 13°14′58″E / 42.3097°N 13.2494°E / 42.3097; 13.2494