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The 40 largest Italian cities
By Renato Pesci, Editor (Italy)

The word Italia appears on a coin dating back to the 1st century BC which was minted by the confederation of the Italic peoples who rose up against Rome. The coin was found in the region of Abruzzo in Corfinio, the ancient Corfinium, capital of the confederation with the name of Italica. The long Roman domination (from the 3rd century BC to the 5th century AD) has left an indelible mark in Italy with its roads, aqueducts, temples, monuments, towns and cities, bridges, theatres and so on - all relics and memories of a past that is remote and yet also very present, a past that can be seen in every part of the country.

After the fall of the Roman Empire, Italy was invaded and dominated for centuries by foreign populations, especially in the south and Sicily. Thanks to the success of independent city states in the Centre and North such as Venice, Florence, Siena, Genoa, and Milan, Italy became a flourishing and civilised country of trade and the arts. Later, however, the small independent states could not hold out against the invasions of the great states of Spain and Austria. Only the small kingdom of Piedmont remained independent and after the interlude of Napoleon's occupation it became the "driving force" behind il Risorgimento, the great movement that led to the unification of Italy in 1870 under the Royal House of Savoia. After the Second World War, in 1946 a popular referendum abolished the monarchy and proclaimed Italy a republic.

Largest italian cities
Rank City Population
1 Roma (Rome) 2,648,843
2 Milano (Milan) 1,305,591
3 Napoli (Naples) 1,046,987
4 Torino (Turin) 921,485
5 Palermo 689,349
6 Genova (Genoa) 655,704
7 Bologna 385,813
8 Firenze (Florence) 381,762
9 Catania 341,685
10 Bari 335,647
11 Venezia (Venice) 297,743
12 Messina 262,524
13 Verona 254,146
14 Trieste 222,589
15 Padova (Padua) 213,072
16 Taranto 212,381
17 Brescia 190,059
18 Reggio di Calabria 179,829
19 Modena 174,686
20 Cagliari 173,564
21 Prato 168,683
22 Parma 167,685
23 Livorno (Leghorn) 164,371
24 Foggia 156,327
25 Perugia 152,379
26 Salerno 143,580
27 Ravenna 137,129
28 Ferrara 134,703
29 Rimini 129,720
30 Siracusa (Syracuse) 127,345
31 Sassari 121,455
32 Monza 119,420
33 Pescara 118,473
34 Bergamo 117,096
35 Latina 111,047
36 Terni 108,521
37 Vicenza 108,041
38 Forli 107,909
39 Trento (Trent) 103,269
40 Novara 102,327

Cities by size: 1 to 150 | 151 to 300 | 301 to 450 | 451 to 550 |
Cities in alphabetical order: A to D | E to L | M to R | S to Z |
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Mayors with exceptional courage, compassion and competence sought for the 2016 World Mayor Prize
The 2016 World Mayor Prize and Commendations will be awarded to mayors who have accepted and successfully managed the challenges posed by migration but are also convinced of its longterm benefits. They will be leading a city where past and/or more recent immigrants have contributed to the city’s society, economy and culture. The City Mayors Foundation will also consider mayors for the honours whose communities has shown exceptional resilience during the recent arrivals from disaster-torn regions of the world.

If you are convinced, like us, that the world’s cities have greatly benefited from immigrants, whose perseverance in the face of hardship and often prejudice has created the civic societies that we value and enjoy today, we invite you to nominate a mayor for the 2016 World Mayor Prize.

At a time when there are some 60 million refugees worldwide, mayors to be considered for the World Mayor honours will need to have shown exceptional compassion, courage and competence. Compassion for people who have travelled great distances to find safety. Courage to fight prejudice even in the face of unpopularity. Competence to leverage the value and potential each person offers society.

By taking part in this year’s World Mayor Project you are also voicing your support for all those cities that have had to bear the brunt of the recent influx of migrants and refugees.

Previous winners and runners-up include the mayors of Calgary, Ghent, Bilbao, Perth, Mexico City, Oklahoma City, Cape Town, Zurich, Melbourne, Amsterdam, Athens, Mississauga and Tirana. The World Mayor Project aims to show what outstanding mayors can achieve and raise their profiles nationally and internationally.