Italian mayors
Research by Brian Baker with contributions by Matteo Dalle Fratte


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Italian local government
June 2019: Mayors play a central role in Italian national life and are a settled feature of the political system. The more than 8,000 communes are each headed by a mayor (sindaco) and elected council (consiglio comunale) of between 15 and 80 members.

From the capital Rome to the smallest village, Italian communes coexist on an equal basis, although the mayors of Rome and Milan can be seen as national political figures in their own right. They also enjoy high levels of allegiance from their local populations, making their boundaries hard to amend or reform. In addition to civil registration and local public services, including roads, communes are able to run their own local police forces and provide local healthcare services. The Italian capital Rome is served by 19 municipal entities, the Municipi.


Mayors of the largest Italian cities
City, size
and internet
Mayor
(Mr, Ms)
Elections
Profile & Politics*
Alessandria
Popl: 93,900
www.comune.alessandria.it
Gianfranco Cuttica di Revaliasco (Mr) Elected 2017. Next Election 2022. Born 1957. Previously worked as a Cultural Policy Professional. Candidate of Centre-Right list. Won in run-off in June 2017 ousting incumbent Maria Rita Rossa
Party: Lega.
Ancona
Popl: 100,900
www.comune.ancona.it
Valeria Mancinelli (Ms) Elected 2013. Re-elected 2018. Next Election 2023 Born 1955
Lawyer
Elected as choice of centre-left coalition.
Public controversy in 2014 after she authorised the eviction of people, including refugees, from a disused former school in February 2014. Re-elected in 2018 after re-establishing marine sector amongst other successes. Winner of World Mayor Prize for 2018.
Party: PD
Andria
Popl: 100,400
www.andria.bt.it
Nicola Giorgino (Mr) Elected 2015. Next Election 2020 Born 1969
Lawyer
Party: Civic list and other local organisations
Arezzo
Popl: 99,500
www.comune.arezzo.it
Alessandro Ginelli (Mr) Elected 2015. Next Election 2020 Born 1952
Academic
Elected as choice of Centre-Right coalition
Party: FI
Asti
Popl: 76,060
Maurizio Rasero (Mr) Elected 2017. Next Election 2022 Born 1973
Banker. Member of City Council since 2002. Elected as candidate of Centre-Right after run-off with 55% of the votes.
Party: Forza Italia
Bari
Popl: 326,300
www.comune.bari.it
Antonio Decaro (Mr) Elected 2014. Re-elected 2019. Next Election 2024 Born 1970
Member of Chamber of Deputies since 2015
Became President of ANCI (Italian municipalities) in 2015
Party: PD
Barletta
Popl: 95,900
www.comune.barletta.it
Cosimo Cannito (Mr)

Elected 2018; Next Election 2023

Born 1951
Medical Doctor. Formerly Lecturer in Bari and Foggia and Hospital Director. Won in 2018 with 53% of the vote as an Independent. Formerly PD.
Born 1952
Bergamo
Popl: 119,400
www.comune.bergamo.it
Giorgio Gori (Mr) Elected 2014. Re-elected 2019. Next Election 2024 Born 1960
Journalist and media production manager
Party: PD
Bologna
Popl: 386,700
www.comune.bologna.it/
Virginio Merola (Mr) Elected May 2011. Re-elected 2016. Next Election 2021 Born 1955
Philosophy graduate Bologna University; municipal posts 1990s-2000s, PD co-founder;
Party: PD
Bolzano (Bozen)
Popl: 106,400
www.comune.bolzano.it
Renzo Caramaschi (Mr) Elected 2016. Next Election 2021 Born 1946
Previously one of the Council staff directors
Former journalist and publicist. Won in 2016 as candidate of the Centre-Left.
Party: None
Brescia
Popl: 193,500
www.comune.brescia.it
Emilio Del Bono (Mr) Elected 2013. Re-elected 2018. Next Election 2023 Born 1965
Politician. Former member of Chamber of Deputies.
Party: PD
Cagliari
Popl: 154,500
www.comune.cagliari.it
Paulo Truzzi (Mr) Elected 2019. Next Election 2024 Born 1972
Public Sector Manager. After winning 2019 election in lst round with just over 50% of the votes as the candidate of the Centre-Right he said that enhanced street cleansing was his immediate priority.
Party. Fdi
Catania
Popl: 314,600
www.comune.catania.it/
Salvo (Salvatore) Pogliese (Mr) Elected 2018. Next Election 2023 Born 1971
Accountant. Member of City Council since 1997. A Vice President of Regional Assembly. Member of Regional Assembly since 2006. Member of European Parliament 2014 – 2018.
Party: Forza Italia
Catanzaro
Popl: 90,300
Achille Variati (Mr) Elected 2012. Re-elected 2017. Next Election 2022 Born 1958
Entrepreneur. Elected as candidate of Centre-Right in 2017.
Party: Forza Italia.
Como
Popl: 84,400
Mario Landriscina (Mr) Elected 2017. Next Election 2022 Born 1954
Medical Doctor. Elected as candidate of Centre-Right with 53% whilst emphasising his independence.
Party. None
Ferrara
Popl: 133,200
www.comune.ferrara.it
Alan Fabri (Mr) Elected 2019. Next Election 2024 Born 1979. Engineer. Former mayor of Bordego. Won mayoralty with 56% of second round votes as centre-right candidate. Ends 70 years of left control of Ferrara.
Party. Lega
Firenze / Florence
Popl: 382,800
www.comune.fi.it
Dario Nardella (Mr) Elected 2014. Re-elected 2019. Next Election 2024. Born 1975
Manager
Elected as candidate of Centre-Left coalition
Former parliamentary deputy. Retained mayoralty in first round with 575 of the votes.
Party: PD
Foggia
Popl: 152,000
www.comune.foggia.it
Franco Landella (Mr) Elected 2014. Re-elected 2019. Next Election 2024 Born 1966
Elected as part of Centre-Right coalition
Health Inspector
Member of Council since 2005
Party: FI
Forlì
Popl: 117,900
www.comune.forlì.it
Gian Luca Zattini (Mr) Elected 2019. Next Election 2024 Born 1954
Medical Doctor. Former mayor of Maldola. Secured mayoralty with 53% of the second round votes as candidate of centre-right. Stood initially with own Civic List
Party: None
Genova / Genoa
Popl: 595,000
www.comune.genova.it/
Marco Bucci (Mr) Elected June 2017 with 55% in second round. Next Election 2022

Born 1959
Won this left-wing stronghold as a unified Centre-Right candidate. Not a member of any political party.. Long career in private sector corporate management until 2016.Since 2015 he has been with computer consultancy Liguria Digitale

Giugliano in Campania
Popl: 123,000
www.giugliano.na.it
Antonio Poziello (Mr) Elected 2015. Next Election 2020 Born 1972
Formerly a Journalist and subsequently in Management in Regional Government before becoming Politician.
Won as Centre-Left candidate in a single round system with Civic List support.
Previous Party was PD
Gorizia
Pop 34,833
Rodolfo Ziberna (Mr) Elected 2017. Next Election 2022 Born 1961
Public Sector Manager. Elected as unified Centre-Right candidate.
Party. Forza Italia. Formerly a social democrat
L’Aquila
Popl: 69,700
Pierluigi Biondi (Mr) Elected 2017. Next Election 2022 Born 1974
Journalist and public relations professional. Former mayor of Villa Sant’ Angelo. Elected as candidate of Centre-Right
Party: National Alliance.
La Spezia
Popl: 94,000
www.laspezia.it
Pierluigi Peracchini (Mr) Elected 2017. Next Election 2022 Born 1964
Won as Centre-Right unified candidate in June 2017 unusually with support from Civic List. Secured a decisive 60% in the run-off
Party. None
Latina
Popl: 126,000
www.comune.latina.it
Damiano Coletta (Mr) Elected 2016. Next Election 2021 Born 1960
Professor of Medicine
Independent , won as candidate of citizens organisations
Lecce
Popl: 95,000
www.comune.lecce.it
Carlo Salvemini (Mr) Elected June 2017 in second round. Next Election 2022 Born 1966
Politician Ousted FI member mayor as candidate of Centre-Left in June 2017 with 55% of the votes in a run-off
Party: PD
Livorno
Popl: 159,200
www.comune.livorno.it
Luca Salvetti (Mr) Elected 2019. Next Election 2024 Born 1966
Broadcaster. Restored centre-left control in 2019 after a five year interregnum under Five Star which had followed 70 years of continuous left control of a city known as a red citadel. Won mayoralty with 63% of second round votes with an emphasis on his independence from the Democratic Party.
Party. None
Lodi
Popl: 45,100
Sara Casanova (Ms) Elected 2017. Next Election 2022 Born 1974
Architect. Member of City Council since 2013. Elected as candidate of Centre-Right with 57% in run-off by gathering some Civic List support.
Party: Lega
Messina
Popl: 238,400
www.comune.messina.it
Cateno De Luca (Mr) Elected June 2018; Next election 2023 Independent civic coalition stays in power
Milano / Milan
Popl: 1,345,900
www.comune.milano.it
Giuseppe Sala (Mr) Elected 2016. Next Election 2021 Born 1958
Manager and politician
From 2010-2015 Sala was the Chief Executive Officer of the organisation running the 2015 Universal Exposition in Milan.
Party: PD
Modena
Popl: 185,000
www.comune.modena.it
Gian Carlo Muzzarelli (Mr) Elected 2014. Re-elected 2019. Next Election 2024 Born 1955
Career Politician
Previously mayor of Modena
Mayor of Fanano 1980 – 1990
Council member Modena 1990-1999
Regional Assembly member since 2000
Party: PD
Monza
Popl: 122,700
www.comune.monza.it
Dario Allevi (Mr) Elected 2017. Next Election 2022 Born 1965
Former bank trader. Elected mayor as unified Centre-Right candidate
Party; Forza Italia. From 2009 – 2014 President of the Province of Monza and Brianza. Former Deputy Mayor of Monza
Napoli / Naples
Popl: 974,100
www.comune.napoli.it
Luigi de Magistris (Mr) Mayor since June 2011. Re-elected 2016. Next Election 2021 Born 1967
Lawyer, prosecutor in Naples 1998-2002;
Party: Italia dei Valori
Novara
Popl: 104,400
www.comune.novara.it
Alessandro Canelli (Mr) Elected 2016. Next Election 2021 Born 1971. Career in Corporate Business.
Manager
Candidate of the centre-right coalition. Won with 53% of the votes.
Party: Lega
Padova / Padua
Popl: 210,400
www.padovanet.it
Sergio Giordani (Mr)
Elected 2017. Next Election 2022 Born 1953;
Entrepreneur with a sports goods business and also holds positions in other companies. An Independent who labels himself an environmentalist he secured the position as Centre-Left candidate in the 2017 election and won the run-off with 51.8% of the vote against the former mayor who had been removed in 2016 and replaced for the rest of the term by a special commissioner.
Palermo
Popl: 674,400
www.comune.palermo.it/
Leoluca Orlando (Mr) Elected 2012. Re-elected 2017. Next Election 2022 Born 1947;
Mayor 1985-90, 1993-2000, lecturer Palermo University; reputed public enemy of mafia, received death threats when mayor
Parma
Popl: 192,800
www.comune.parma.it
Federico Pizzarotti (Mr) Elected May 2012 Re-elected June 2017. Next Election 2022

Born 1973;
Banker/Financial Consultant. Loves Computers. Elected in 2012 for the Five Stars Movement. Left the party in 2016. Re-elected in the run-off in June 2017 with 57.8% of the votes contesting as an Independent with the backing of a group on the council who have also left the Five Stars Movement.

Perugia
Popl: 166,100
www.comune.perugia.it
Andrea Romizi (Mr) Elected 2014. Re-elected 2019. Next Election 2024 Born 1979
Lawyer
Member of PdL 2009 – 2013
Elected as Centre-Right coalition candidate on platform of change
Party: Forzo Italia
Pescara
Popl: 121,000
www.comune.pescara.it
Carlo Masci (Mr) Elected 2019. Next Election 2024 Born 1958
Lawyer. Secured victory in 2019 with 51% of the votes in the first round
Party. Forza Italia
Piacenza
Popl: 102,200
www.comune.piacenza.it
Patrizia Barbieri (Ms) Elected 2017. Next Election 2022

Born 1960
Won as unified Centre-Right candidate. With 58% of the vote in the second round. Jointly owns a law firm in Piacenza. Qualified as an advocate in 1984. Former mayor of the town of Castelvetro Piacentino. Former Province Cllr. First directly elected female mayor of Piacenza. Long-list for World Mayor in 2018.

Pisa
Popl: 90,000
www.comune.pisa.it
Michele Conti Elected 2018. Next Election 2023 Born 1970
Agronomist. Member of City Council 1994-2005. Secured 53% of the votes in 2018 and became the first Centre-Right mayor of Pisa
Party: Lega
Pistoia
Popl: 91,000
www.comune.pistoia.it
Alessandro Tomasi (Mr) Elected 2017. Next Election 2022 Born 1979
Lecturer. Candidate of Centre-Right for mayor in 2017. Defeated Centre-Left incumbent with 54% in the run-off despite trailing heavily after the first round
Party: Brothers of Italy / National Alliance.
Prato
Popl: 191,200
www.comune.prato.it/
Matteo Biffoni (Mr) Elected 2014. Re-elected 2019. Next Election 2024 Born 1974
Lawyer
Since 2014 the city has been prominent in international design competitions
Party: PD
Ravenna
Popl: 159,100
www.comune.ravenna.it
Michele De Pascale (Mr) Elected 2016. Next Election 2021 Born 1985
Career politician
Party: PD
Reggio Calabria
Popl: 183,000
www.reggiocal.it
Giuseppe Falcomata (Mr) Elected 2014. Next Election Autumn 2019 Born 1983
Lawyer
Party: PD
Reggio Emilia
Popl: 171,300
 www.municipio.re.it
Luca Vecchi (Mr) Elected 2014. Re-elected 2019. Next Election 2024 Born 1975
Accountant, former sports coach
Council member since 2004. Retained mayoralty for a second term by securing 63% of the votes in the second round as candidate of Centre-Left.
Party: PD
Rimini
Popl: 147,800
www.comune.rimini.it
Andrea Grassi (Mr) Elected 2011. Re-elected 2016. Next Election 2021 Born 1969
PR, media and tourism professions. Member of Regional Assembly 2000-2005. President of Rimini Province since 2014. Previously City Council member 1990-1995
Party: PD
Roma / Rome
Popl: 2,864,700
www.comune.roma.it
Virginia Elena Raggi (Ms) Elected 2016. Next Election 2021 Born 1978
Lawyer; City council member since 2013; Secured 62.7% of the votes in the second round in the 2016 election delivering a severe blow to Prime Minister Renzi’s PD led government. She withdrew Rome’s bid to host the 2024 summer Olympics
Party: Five Star Movement
Salerno
Popl: 135,300
www.comune.salerno.it
Vincenzo Napoli (Mr) Elected 2018. Next Election 2023 Born 1950
Architect
Backed by Progressives for Salerno citizens movement
Sassari
Popl: 127,500
www.comune.sassari.it
Nicola Sanna (Mr) Elected 2014. Next Election 2019 Born 1963 in Germany
Degree in argrarian science
Party: PD
Siracusa
Popl: 122,300
www.comune.siracusa.it
Francesco Italia (Mr) Elected 2018. Next Election 2023 Born 1972
Lawyers and marketing professional. Worked with refugee aid organisation. Deputy Mayor 2013-2018. Gay activist. Won with 53% of the votes in 2018. Independent but candidate of Centre – Left in 2018
Taranto
Popl: 201,100
www.comune.taranto.it/
Rinaldo Melucci (Mr) Elected June 2017. Next Election 2022 Born 1977
Former Head of Taranto Prison and Entrepreneur. Replaced long-term mayor Ippazio Stefano as Centre-Left candidate in 2017 elections. Won narrowly with 51% of the votes.
Party: PD
Terni
Popl: 111,500
www.comune.terni.it
Leonardo Latini (Mr) Elected 2018. Next Election 2023 Born 1974
Lawyer. Elected as candidate of Centre-Right in 2018 defeating incumbent
Party: Lega
Trento
Popl: 117,300
www.comune.trento.it
Alessandro Andreatta (Mr) Elected 2009; re-elected 2015. Next Election 2021 Born 1957
Teacher
Party: PD in coalition with Trentino Tyrolean Autonomist Party
Trieste
Popl: 204,400
www.comune.trieste.it
Roberto Dipiazza (Mr) Elected 2016. Next Election 2021 Born 1953
Business man
Elected as part of Centre-Right coalition
Previously mayor from 2001-2006, 2006-2011
Mayor of Muggia 1996-2001
Party: FI
Torino / Turin
Popl: 890,500
www.comune.torino.it/
Chiara Appendino (Ms) Elected 2016. Next Election 2021 Born 1984
Researcher. Early campaigns have included strong encouragement of the adoption of vegan and vegetarian diets
Party: Five Star Movement
Udine
Popl: 99,200
www.comune.udine.it
Pietro Fontanini (Mr) Elected 2018. Next Election 2023 Born 1952
Retired Teacher. Former member of Senate and of Chamber of Deputies. President of Udine Province 2008-2018
Party: Lega
Venezia / Venice
Popl: 263,400
www.comune.venezia.it
Luigi Brugnaro (Mr) Elected 2015. Next Election 2020 Born 1961
Elected after previous mayor was arrested in corruption investigation
Controversially withdrew books which feature same sex couples from city schools
Party: Independent
Verona
Popl: 258,800
portale.comune.verona.it
Federico Sboarina (Mr) Elected June 2017. Next Election 2022 Born 1971
Attorney. Defeated the candidate supported by Civic List predecessor with 58% of the vote in the run-off as the unified Centre-Right candidate though not a member of a party himself.
Vicenza
Popl: 113,000
www.comune.vicenza.it
Francesco Rucco (Mr) Elected 2018. Next Election 2023 Born 1974
Lawyer. The mayor founded his own law practice in 2007. Member of City Council 2003-2008 and 2013-2018. President of Vicenza Province since 2018. Independent but was candidate of Centre-Right in 2018 when he won with 51% of the votes


*ITALIAN POLITICAL PARTIES:
Forza Italia
(FI), conservative party supporting former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi;
Sinistra Ecologia Libertà (Left Ecology Freedom), left-wing party led by Nichi Vendola, initially founded as a coalition of leftist parties.
Italia dei Valori (Italy of Values), centrist and anti-corruption party led by former anti-corruption judge Antonio di Pietro.
Partito Democratico (PD, Democratic Party), social democratic party founded in 2007 in merger of left-wing groups including former communists, led by Pier Luigi Bersani.
Lega: Right-wing political party led by Matteo Salvini. (Formerly Northern League). Forms coalition government together with Five-Star-Movement.
Movimento 5 Stelle: Anti-establishment, populist "Five Star Movement". Forms national government together with right-wing Lega.
Right-wing coalition: Originally a centre-right coalition formed and dominated by Forza Italia. Now a right-wing coalition dominated by the Lega.
Centre-left coalition: Dominated by PD but also includes Greens and independent leftist groups