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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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