EUROPEAN MAYORS

Italian mayors
and their salaries
By City Mayors Research*

Italian mayors
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Italy's local government
July 2022: Mayors play a central role in Italian national life and are a settled feature of the political system. The more than 7,900 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, Turin 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.


Salaries of Italian mayors
Italy’s almost 8,000 mayors receive salaries which correspond to the size of their communities. Mayors of towns and villages with less than 1,000 inhabitants receive €1,290 (US$1,313) per month, while mayors of cities with a population of above 500,000 are paid €7,800 (US$7,940). The mayors of Rome and Milan earn above €9,000 (US$9,650) a month.

(For comparison: Mayoral salaries in Germany, France, the UK and the US)

Recognising that Italy’s mayors earn considerably less than parliamentarians but have much greater responsibilities, the national coalition government under Prime Minister Mario Draghi introduced legislation that will increase mayors’ remunerations by as much as 100 per cent. ‘The larger and more important the cities, the greater the pay rise of their leaders’. Increases of 100 per cent will be awarded to the metropolitan mayors of cities such as Rome, Turin, Milan, Venice, Genoa, Bologna and Naples. Mayors of regional capitals and mayors of provincial capitals with more than 100,000 residents will be paid 80 per cent more. Small-town and village mayors will receive increases of 16 per cent. All increases will be phased in between 2022 and 2024.


Italy’s principal political parties
Coraggio Italia, Courage Italy, centre-right
Forza Italia (FI), Forward Italy, conservative
Fratelli d’Italia (FdI), Brothers of Italy, far-right
Insieme per il Futuro (IpF), Together for the Future, centrist
Italia in Commune (IIC), Italy in Common, centre-left, green
Italia Viva (IV), Italy Alive, centre-left
Lega, League, right-wing
Movimento 5 Stelle, Five Star Movement, populist
Partito Democratico (PD), Democratic Party, centre-left
Unione di Centro (UdC), Union of the Centre, centre-right


June 2022 mayoral elections
On 12 and 26 June 2022, local elections took place in some 980 municipalities, 26 of which were provincial, regional capitals and/or metropolitan centres. Mayors and local councils were elected for five-year terms, lasting until 2027.

Research by City Mayors among the 26 capital cities, where mayoral elections took place, showed losses for centre-right and right-wing parties and gains for the centre-left.

The right-wing Lega, led by Matteo Salvini, lost all three of the mayoral seats it held before the elections. Notable losses include Alessandria (population 94,000) and Lodi (47,000) to the centre-left Democratic Party. The centre-right Forza Italia, founded by Silvio Berlusconi, was defeated in Monza (123,0000), again by the Democratic Party. The far-right Brothers of Italy were defeated in Verona (259,000) by an independent candidate but held on to L’Aquila (69,000), Oristano (32,000) and Pistoia (91,000). While the centre-left Democratic Party increased its number of mayoral seats from two to six, the party was defeated in Palermo (674,000) by the centre-right Union of the Centre. Palermo’s previous PD mayor, Leoluca Orlando, who became well-known for his fight against the Mafia during his first spell as Mayor during the 1980s, was term-limited.


Mayors of largest Italian cities

City, population
Mayor
Previous jobs
& notes
Monthly salary
Alessandria
Provincial capital
93,900
Mr Giorgio Abonante
(Born 1975)
Mayor since 2022;Term ends 2027
Party: Partito Democratico
City councillor from 2007 to 2022 € 4,130, rising by 70% by 2024
Ancona
Regional and provincial capital
100,700
Valeria Mancinelli (Ms)
Since 2013;Term ends 2023
Party: Partito Democratico
Lawyer; Winner of the 2018 World Mayor Prize € 5,010, rising by 80% by 2024
Andria
100,400
Ms Giovanna Bruno
Since 2020; Term ends 2025
Party: Forza Italia
Academic € 5,010, rising by 45% by 2024
Arezzo
Provincial capital
99,500
Mr Alessandro Ginelli
Since 2015;Term ends 2025
Party: Forza Italia
Academic € 5,010, rising by 80% by 2024
Asti
Provincial capital
76,300
Mr Maurizio Rasero
(Born 1973)
Since 2017;Term ends 2027
Party: Forza Italia
Banker; City councillor € 4,130, rising by 70% by 2024
Bari
Regional and provincial capital
324,200
Mr Antonio Decaro
(Born 1970)
Mayor since 2017;Term ends 2024
Party: Partito Democratico
Parliamentarian € 5,780, rising by 100% by 2024
Barletta
Provincial capital
94,700
Mr Cosimo Cannito
(Born 1951)
Mayor since 2018; Term ends 2027
Party: Centre-right independent
Medical doctor; Lecturer in medicine € 4,130 rising by 70% by 2024
Belluno
Provincial capital
36,000
Mr Oscar de Pellegrin
Since 2022; Term ends 2027
Party: Centre-right independent
Farmer; Italian Paralympic archer; Team gold medallist at 2000 Olympics € 3,460, rising by 70% by 2024
Bergamo
Provincial capital
120,300
Mr Giorgio Gori
(Born 1960)
Mayor since 2014;Term ends 2024
Party: Centre-left independent
Journalist € 5,010, rising by 80% by 2024
Bologna
Regional and provincial capital
388,400
Mr Matteo Lepore
(Born 1980)
Mayor since 2021;Term ends 2026
Party Partito Democratico
Academic; City councillor € 5,780, rising by 100% by 2024
Bolzano (Bozen)
107,000
Mr Renzo Caramaschi
(Born 1946)
Mayor since 2016;Term ends 2024
Party: Centre-left independent
Journalist; Municipal director € 5,010, rising by 45% by 2024
Brescia
Provincial capital
196,700
Mr Emilio Del Bono
(Born 1965)
Mayor since 2013
Term ends 2023
Party Partito Democratico
Politician; parliamentarian € 5,010, rising by 80% by 2024
Cagliari
Regional and provincial capital
154,100
Mr Paulo Truzzi
(Born 1972)
Mayor since 2019;Term ends 2024
Party: Fratelli d'Italia
Public sector manager € 5,010, rising by 100% by 2024
Catania
Provincial capital
314,000
Mr Salvatore Pogliese
(Born 1971)
Mayor since 2018;Term ends 2023
Party: Forza Italia
Accountant; City councillor since 1997; Member of the European Parliament from 2014 to 2018 € 5,780, rising by 100% by 2024
Catanzaro
Regional and provincial capital
Pop. 89,400
Mr Nicola Fiorita
(Born 1969)
Mayor since 2022;Term ends 2027
Party: Left-wing independent
Law professor at University of Calabria € 4,130, rising 70% by 2024
Como
Provincial capital
Pop.83,400
Mr Alessandro Rapinese
(Born 1976)
Mayor since 2022;Term ends 2027
Party: Independent
Real estate agent € 4,130, rising by 70% by 2024
Ferrara
Provincial capital
132,200
Mr Alan Fabri
(Born 1979)
Mayor since 2019;Term ends 2024
Party: Lega
Engineer; Formerly Mayor for Bordego € 5,010, rising 80% by 2024
Firenze / Florence
Regional and provincial capital
382,300
Mr Dario Nardella
(Born 1975)
Mayor since 2014;Term ends 2024
Party: Partito Democratico
Parlamentarian € 5,780. Rising by 100% by 2024
Foggia
Provincial capital
152,000
Mr Franco Landella
(Born 1966)
Mayor since 2014;Term ends 2024
Party: Forza Italia
Health inspector; City councillor since 2005 € 5,010, rising 80% by 2024
Forlì
Provincial capital
117,900
Mr Gian Luca Zattini
(Born 1954)
Mayor since 2019;Term ends 2024
Party: Independent
Medical doctor; Formerly Mayor of Maldola € 5,010, rising 80% by 2024
Genova / Genoa
Regional and provincial capital
583,600
Mr Marco Bucci
(Born 1959)
Mayor since 2017;Term ends 2027
Party: Ringt-wing independent
Degree in chemistry and pharmacy; Worked for Kodak from 1999 to 2016 € 7,800, rising by 100% by 2024
Giugliano in Campania
123,800
Mr Nicola Pirozzi
(Born 1972)
Mayor since 2020;Term ends 2025
Party: Partito Democratico
Engineer € 5,010, rising by 45% by 2024
Gorizia
Provincial capital
39,100
Mr Rodolfo Ziberna
(Born 1961)
Mayor since 2017;Term ends 2027
Party: Forza Italia
Founded a number of start-ups during university; More recently, several positions with the regional council in charge of the promotion of sports € 3,460, rising by 70% by 2024
L'Aquila
Regional and provincial capital
69,400
Mr Pierre-Lugi Bondi
(Born 1974)
Mayor since 2017;Term ends 2027
Party: Fratelli d'Italia
Journalist and PR manager; Formerly mayor of Villa St Angelo € 4,130, rising 80% by 2024
La Spezia
Provincial capital
93,800
Mr Pierluigi Peracchini
(Born 1964)
Mayor since 2017;Term ends 2027
Party: Centre-right independent
From 1991 to 2001 emplyed by the Ministry of Labour; From 2004 to 2013 regional trade union general secretary; President of La Spezia Province since 2019 € 4,130, rising by 70% by 2024
Latina
Provincial capital
126,200
Mr Damiano Coletta
(Born 1960)
Mayor since 2016;Term ends 2026
Party: Independent
Professor of medicine € 5,010, rising 80% by 2024
Lecce
Provincial capital
95,000
Mr Carlo Salvemini
(Born 1966)
Mayor since 2019;Term ends 2024
Party: Centre-left independent
Economist € 4,130, rising by 70% by 2024
Livorno
Provincial capital
159,200
Mr Luca Salvetti
(Born 1966)
Mayor since 2019;Term ends 2024
Party: Partito Democratico
Broadcaster € 5,010, rising 80% by 2024
Lodi
Provincial capital
Pop. 46,500
Mr Andrea Furegato
(Born 1997)
Mayor since 2022;Term ends 2027
Party: Partito Democratico
Economist working in the banking sector € 3,460, rising by 70% by 2024
Milano / Milan
Regional and provincial capital
1,345,900
Mr Guiseppe Sala
(Born 1958)
Mayor since 2016;Term ends 2026
Party: Partito Democratico
Business man; CEO of the 2015 World Expo in Milan € 7,800, rising by 100% by 2024
Modena
Provincial capital
185,000
Mr Gian Carlo Muzzarelli
(Born 1955)
Mayor since 2014;Term ends 2024
Party: Partito Democratico
Career politician; formerly Mayor of Fanano (1980-1990) € 5,010, rising by 80% by 2024
Monza
Provincial capital
122,700
Mr Paolo Pilotto
(Born 1960)
Mayor since 2022;Term ends 2027
Party: Partito Democratico
Professional politician; City and provincial councillor from 1992 to 2014 and again from 2017 to 2022 € 5,010, rising by 80% by 2024
Napoli / Naples
Regional and provincial capital
974,100
Mr Gaeteno Manfredi
(Born 1964);Mayor since 2016;Term ends 2026
Party: Independent
University professor; Government minister for universities € 7,800, rising by 100% by 2024
Novara
Provincial capital
104,400
Mr Alessandro Canelli
(Born 1971)
Mayor since 2016;Term ends 2026
Party: Lega
Career in corporate business € 5,010, rising by 80% by 2024
Padova / Padua
Provincial capital
210,400
Mr Sergio Giordani
(Born 1953)
Mayor since 2017;Term ends 2027
Party: Centre-left independent
Business owner marketing sports goods € 5,010, rising by 80% by 2024
Palermo
Regional and provincial capital
674,400
Mr Roberto Lagalla
(Born 1955)
Mayor since 2022;Term ends 2027
Party: Unione di Centro
Degree in medicine and surgery; Rector of University of Palermo; Founder of the centre-right political movement Idea Sicilia € 7,800, rising by 100% by 2024
Parma
Provincial capital
192,800
Mr Michele Guerra
(Born 1982)
Mayor since 2022;Term ends 2027
Party: Italia in Comune (Ecology party formed by former members of Five Star movement)
Professor of history of cinema, photography and television; From 2017 to 2022, city councillor € 5,010, rising by 80% by 2024
Perugia
Regional and provincial capital
166,100
Mr Andrea Romizi
(Born 1979)
Mayor since 2014;Term ends 2024
Party: Forza Italia
Lawyer € 5,010, rising 80% by 2024
Pescara
Provincial capital
121,000
Mr Carlos Masci
(Born 1958)
Mayor since 2019;Term ends 2024
Party: Forza Italia
€ 5,010, rising by 80% by 2024
Piacenza
Provincial capital
102,200
Ms Katia Tarasconi
(Born 1973)
Mayor since 2022;Term ends 2027
Party: Partito Democratico
Degree in graphic arts from University of Miami; Assessor for trade in Piacenza from 2007 to 2015 € 5,010, rising by 80% by 2024
Pisa
Provincial capital
90,000
Mr Michele Conti
(Born 1970)
Mayor since 2018;Term ends 2023
Party: Lega
Agronomist; Member of city council from 1994 to 2005 € 4,130, rising by 70% by 2024
Pistoia
Provincial capital
91,000
Mr Alessandro Tomasi
(Born 1979)
Mayor since 2017;Term ends 2027
Party: Fratelli d'Italia
Lecturer € 4,130, rising by 70% by 2024
Prats
191,200
Mr Matteo Biffoni
Mayor since 2014;Term ends 2024
Party: Partito Democratico
Lawyer € 5,010, rising by 45% by 2024
Ravenna
Provincial capital:159,100
Mr Michele de Pascale
(Born 1985)
Mayor since 2016;Term ends 2026
Party: Partito Democratico
Career politician € 5,010, rising 80% by 2024
Reggio Calabria
Provincial capital
183,000
Mr Giuseppe Falcomata
(Born 1983)
Mayor since 2014;Term ends 2014
Party: Partito Democratico
Lawyer € 5,010, rising by 100% by 2024
Reggio Emilia
Provincial capital
171,300
Mr Luca Vecch
(Born 1975)
Mayor since 2014;Term ends 2024
Party: Partito Democratico
Accountant, Sports coach, City councillor € 5,010, rising 80% by 2024
Rimini
Provincial capital
147,800
Mr Jamil Sadegholvaad
(Born 1972)
Mayor since 2021;Term ends 2026
Party: Partito Democratico
Degree in political science; Assessor for security under previous mayor Andrea Gnassi; First Italian mayor of foreign origin € 5,010, rising 80% by 2024
Roma / Rome
National, regional and provincial capital
2,864,700
Mr Roberto Guatieri
(Born 1966)
Mayor since 2021;Term ends 2026
Party: Partito Democratico
Member of European Parliament from 2009 to 2019; Italian minister of economy and Finance from 2019 to 2021; Founder member of Democratic Party € 9,763, rising by 100% by 2024
Salerno
Provincial capital
135,300
Mr Vincenzo Napoli
(Born 1950)
Mayor since 2016;Term ends 2026
Party: Partito Democratico
Architect € 5,010, rising 80% by 2024
Sassari
Provincial capital
127,500
Mr Gian Vittorio Campus
(Born 1952)
Mayor since 2019;Term ends 2014
Party: Centre-right independent
Academic; Degree in Medicine; Member of Regional council from 2009 to 2018 € 5,010, rising 80% by 2024
Syracuse
Provincial capital
122,300
Mr Francesco Italia
(Born 1972)
Mayor since 2018;Term ends 2023
Party: Centre-left independent
Lawyer; Worked with refugee aid organisation; Deputy Mayor from 2013 to 2018; LBT rights activist € 5,010, rising 80% by 2024
Taranto
Provincial capital:201,100
Mr Renaldo Melucci
(Born 1977)
Mayor since 2017;Term ends 2027
Party: Partito Democratico
Former Head of Taranto Prison; Entrepreneur € 5,010, rising 80% by 2024
Terni
Provincial capital
111,500
Mr Leonardo Latini
(Born 1974)
Mayor since 2018;Term ends 2023
Party: Lega
Lawyer € 5,010, rising 80% by 2024
Trento
Regional and provincial capital
117,300
Mr Franco Ianeselli
(Born 1978)
Mayor since 2020;Term ends 2025
Party: Centre-left independent
Local head of Italian General Confederation of Labour € 5,010, rising 80% by 2024
Trieste
Regional and provincial capital
204,400
Mr Roberto Dipiazza
(Born 1953)
Mayor since 2016;Term ends 2016
Party: Forza Italia
Mayor of Muggia 1996-2001; Mayor of Trieste 2001-2011 € 5,010, rising 80% by 2024
Torino / Turin
Regional and provincial capital
890,500
Mr Stefano Lo Russo
(Born 1975)
Mayor since 2021Term ends 2026
Party: Partito Democratico
Degree in environmental geo-engineering; Associate professor of applied geology at the Polytechnic of Turin € 9,100 rising by 100% by 2024
Udine
Provincial capital
99,200
Mr Pietro Fontanini
(Born 1952)
Mayor since 2018;Term ends 2023
Party: Lega
Teacher; Member of the Italian Senate and chamber of Deputies; President of Udine Province 2008-2018 € 5,010, rising 80% by 2024
Venezia / Venice
Regional and provincial capital
263,400
Mr Luigi Brugnaro
(Born 1961)
Mayor since 2015;Term ends 2025
Party: Coraggio Italia
Architect; Business man; Caused controversy by banning books dealing with LGBT issues from Venetian schools € 5,780 rising by 100% by 2024
Verona
Provincial capital
Pop: 258,800
Mr Damiano Tommasi
(Born 1974)
Mayor since 2022;Term ends 2027
Party: Centre-left independent
Professional footballer. Played for Roma and the Italian national team € 5,780, rising 80% by 2024
Vicenza
Provincial capital
113,000
Mr Francesco Rucco
(Born 1974)
Mayor since 2018;Term ends 2023
Party: Centre-right independent
Lawyer; Member of city council 2003-2008 and 2013-2018; President of the Vicenza Province since 2018 € 5,010, rising 80% by 2024

* The research was carried out in July 2022

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