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The regions of Italy (Italian: regioni) are the first-level "administrative divisions of "Italy, constituting its "second NUTS administrative level.[1] There are 20 regions, of which five are constitutionally given a broader amount of autonomy granted by special statutes.

Each region, except for the "Aosta Valley, is divided into "provinces. Regions are autonomous entities with powers defined in the "Constitution.



As the administrative districts of the central state during the "Kingdom of Italy, regions were granted a measure of political autonomy by the "1948 Constitution of the Italian Republic. The original draft list comprised the "Salento region (which was eventually included in the Apulia). Friuli and Venezia Giulia were separate regions, and Basilicata was named Lucania. Abruzzo and Molise were identified as separate regions in the first draft. They were later merged into Abruzzo e Molise in the final constitution of 1948. They were separated in 1963.

Implementation of regional autonomy was postponed until the first Regional Elections of 1970. The ruling "Christian Democracy party did not want the opposition "Italian Communist Party to gain power in the regions, where it was historically rooted (the red belt of "Emilia-Romagna, "Tuscany, "Umbria and the "Marches).

Regions acquired a significant level of autonomy following a constitutional reform in 2001 (brought about by a centre-left government and confirmed by popular referendum), which granted them residual policy competence. A further "federalist reform was proposed by the regionalist party "Lega Nord and in 2005, the centre-right government led by "Silvio Berlusconi proposed a new reform that would have greatly increased the power of regions.[2]

In June 2006 the proposals, which had been particularly associated with "Lega Nord, and seen by some as leading the way to a federal state, were rejected in a referendum by 61.7% to 38.3%.[2] The results varied considerably among the regions, ranging from 55.3% in favor in "Veneto to 82% against in "Calabria.[2]

Regional control[edit]

Number of regions controlled by each coalition since 1995:



"Flag Region
Italian name
Status "Population[3]
January 2016
Area "Pop. density "Capital city President Number of "comuni[4] "Prov. or
"metrop. cities
Number % km² %
""Flag of Abruzzo.svg "Abruzzo
Ordinary 1,326,513 2.19% 10,832 3.59% 122 "L'Aquila "Luciano D'Alfonso
"Democratic Party
305 4
""Flag of Valle d'Aosta.svg "Aosta Valley
Valle d'Aosta
Autonomous 127,329 0.21% 3,261 1.08% 39 "Aosta Laurent Viérin
"Progressive Valdostan Union
74 1
""Flag of Apulia.svg "Apulia
Ordinary 4,077,166 6.72% 19,541 6.47% 209 "Bari "Michele Emiliano
"Democratic Party
258 6
""Flag of Basilicata.svg "Basilicata
Ordinary 573,694 0.95% 10,073 3.33% 57 "Potenza "Marcello Pittella
"Democratic Party
131 2
""Flag of Calabria.svg "Calabria
Ordinary 1,970,521 3.25% 15,222 5.04% 129 "Catanzaro "Mario Oliverio
"Democratic Party
405 5
""Flag of Campania.svg "Campania
Ordinary 5,850,850 9.64% 13,671 4.53% 428 "Naples "Vincenzo De Luca
"Democratic Party
550 5
""Flag of Emilia-Romagna.svg "Emilia-Romagna
Ordinary 4,448,146 7.33% 22,453 7.43% 198 "Bologna "Stefano Bonaccini
"Democratic Party
333 9
""Flag of Friuli-Venezia Giulia.svg "Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Autonomous 1,221,218 2.01% 7,862 2.60% 155 "Trieste "Massimiliano Fedriga
"Lega Nord
216 4
""Flag of Lazio.svg "Lazio
Ordinary 5,888,472 9.70% 17,232 5.70% 342 "Rome "Nicola Zingaretti
"Democratic Party
378 5
""Flag of Liguria.svg "Liguria
Ordinary 1,571,053 2.59% 5,416 1.79% 290 "Genoa "Giovanni Toti
"Forza Italia
235 4
""Flag of Lombardy.svg "Lombardy
Ordinary 10,008,349 16.50% 23,864 7.90% 419 "Milan "Attilio Fontana
"Lega Nord
1,523 12
""Flag of Marche.svg "Marches
Ordinary 1,543,752 2.54% 9,401 3.11% 164 "Ancona "Luca Ceriscioli
"Democratic Party
229 5
""Flag of Molise.svg "Molise
Ordinary 312,027 0.51% 4,461 1.48% 70 "Campobasso Donato Toma
"Forza Italia
136 2
""Flag of Piedmont.svg "Piedmont
Ordinary 4,404,246 7.26% 25,387 8.40% 173 "Turin "Sergio Chiamparino
"Democratic Party
1,202 8
""Flag of the Italian region Sardinia.svg "Sardinia
Autonomous 1,658,138 2.73% 24,100 7.98% 69 "Cagliari "Francesco Pigliaru
"Democratic Party
377 5
""Sicilian Flag.svg "Sicily
Autonomous 5,074,261 8.36% 25,832 8.55% 196 "Palermo "Nello Musumeci
"Centre-right independent
390 9
""Flag of Trentino-South Tyrol.svg "Trentino-South Tyrol
Trentino-Alto Adige
Autonomous 1,059,114 1.75% 13,606 4.50% 78 "Trento "Arno Kompatscher
"South Tyrolean People's Party
293 2
""Flag of Tuscany.svg "Tuscany
Ordinary 3,744,398 6.17% 22,987 7.61% 163 "Florence "Enrico Rossi
"Article 1 – Democratic and Progressive Movement
276 10
""Flag of Umbria.svg "Umbria
Ordinary 891,181 1.47% 8,464 2.80% 105 "Perugia "Catiuscia Marini
"Democratic Party
92 2
""Flag of Veneto.svg "Veneto
Ordinary 4,915,123 8.10% 18,407 6.09% 267 "Venice "Luca Zaia
"Lega Nord
575 7
""Flag of Italy.svg Italy
60,665,551 100.00% 302,073 100.00% 201 "Rome "Sergio Mattarella
7,978 107


Macroregions are the "first-level NUTS of the "European Union.(it)

Map Macroregion
Italian name
Regions Major city "Population
January 2016
Area (km²) "Pop. density
Number % km² %
""Italian NUTS1 NorthWest.svg
"Aosta Valley
"Milan 16,110,977 26.56% 57,928 19.18% 278
""Italian NUTS1 NorthEast.svg
"Friuli-Venezia Giulia
"Trentino-South Tyrol
"Bologna 11,643,601 19.19% 62,328 20.63% 187
""Italian NUTS1 Central.svg
"Rome 12,067,803 19.89% 58,084 19.23% 208
""Italian NUTS1 South.svg
"Naples 14,110,771 23.26% 73,800 24.43% 191
""Italian NUTS1 Islands.svg
Isole or Insulare (adj)
"Palermo 6,732,399 11.10% 49,932 16.53% 135


Every region has a statute that serves as a regional constitution, determining the form of government and the fundamental principles of the organization and the functioning of the region, as prescribed by the Constitution of Italy (Article 123). Although all the regions except "Toscana define themselves in various ways as an "autonomous Region" in the first article of their Statutes,[5] fifteen regions have ordinary statutes and five have special statutes, granting them extended autonomy.

Regions with ordinary statute[edit]

These regions, whose statutes are approved by their regional councils, were created in 1970, even though the Italian Constitution dates back to 1948. Since the constitutional reform of 2001 they have had residual legislative powers. The regions have exclusive legislative power with respect to any matters not expressly reserved to state law (Article 117).[6] Yet their financial autonomy is quite modest: they just keep 20% of all levied taxes, mostly used to finance the "region-based healthcare system.[7]

Autonomous regions with special statute[edit]

Autonomous regions

Article 116 of the "Italian Constitution grants to five regions (namely "Sardinia, "Sicily, "Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, "Aosta Valley and "Friuli-Venezia Giulia) "home rule, allowing them some legislative, administrative and financial power to a varying extent, depending on their specific statute. These regions became autonomous in order to take into account cultural differences and protect linguistic minorities. Moreover, the government wanted to prevent their secession from Italy after the "Second World War.[8]

Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol constitutes a special case. The region is nearly powerless, and the powers granted by the region's statute are mostly exercised by the two autonomous provinces within the region, "Trentino and "South Tyrol. In this case, the regional institution plays a coordinating role.["citation needed]


Each region has an elected parliament, called Consiglio Regionale (regional council), or Assemblea Regionale (regional assembly) in Sicily, and a government called Giunta Regionale (regional committee), headed by a governor called Presidente della Giunta Regionale (president of the regional committee) or Presidente della Regione (regional president). The latter is directly elected by the citizens of each region, with the exceptions of Aosta Valley and Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, where he is chosen by the regional council.

Under the 1995 electoral law, the winning coalition receives an absolute majority of seats on the council. The president chairs the giunta, and nominates or dismisses its members, called "assessori. If the directly elected president resigns, new elections are called immediately.

In Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, the regional council is made up of the joint session of the two provincial councils of Trentino and of South Tyrol, and the regional governor is one of the two provincial commissioners.

Representation in the Senate[edit]

Number of senators currently assigned to each Region.

Article 57 of the "Constitution of Italy establishes that the "Senate of the Italian Republic is elected on a regional basis (excluding 6 senators elected by "Italians residing abroad and a small number of "senator for life) by Italian citizens aged 25 or older.

The 309 senators are assigned to each region proportionally according to their population. However, Article 57 of the Constitution provides that no region can have fewer than seven senators representing it, except for the "Aosta Valley (which has one) and "Molise (which has two).

Region Seats[9] Region Seats Region Seats
"Abruzzo "Abruzzo 7 "Friuli-Venezia Giulia "Friuli-Venezia Giulia 7 "Sardinia "Sardinia 8
"Aosta Valley "Aosta Valley 1 "Lazio "Lazio 28 "Sicily "Sicily 25
"Apulia "Apulia 20 "Liguria "Liguria 8 "Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol "Trentino-South Tyrol 7
"Basilicata "Basilicata 7 "Lombardy "Lombardy 49 "Tuscany "Tuscany 18
"Calabria "Calabria 10 "Marche "Marches 8 "Umbria "Umbria 7
"Campania "Campania 29 "Molise "Molise 2 "Veneto "Veneto 24
"Emilia-Romagna "Emilia-Romagna 22 "Piedmont "Piedmont 22 "Overseas constituencies 6

Economy of regions and macroregions[edit]

Flag Name GDP 2011 million, EUR[10] GDP 2011 per capita 2011, EUR[10] GDP 2011 million PPS, EUR[10] GDP 2011 per capita 2011 PPS, EUR[10]
""Flag of Abruzzo.svg "Abruzzo 30,073 22,400 29,438 21,900
""Flag of Valle d'Aosta.svg "Aosta Valley 4,328 33,700 4,236 33,000
""Flag of Apulia.svg "Apulia 69,974 17,100 68,496 16,700
""Flag of Basilicata.svg "Basilicata 10,744 18,300 10,517 17,900
""Flag of Calabria.svg "Calabria 33,055 16,400 32,357 16,100
""Flag of Campania.svg "Campania 93,635 16,000 91,658 15,700
""Flag of Emilia-Romagna.svg "Emilia-Romagna 142,609 32,100 139,597 31,400
""Flag of Friuli-Venezia Giulia.svg "Friuli-Venezia Giulia 36,628 29,600 35,855 29,000
""Flag of Lazio.svg "Lazio 172,246 29,900 168,609 29,300
""Flag of Liguria.svg "Liguria 43,998 27,200 43,069 26,700
""Flag of Lombardy.svg "Lombardy 337,161 33,900 330,042 33,200
""Flag of Marche.svg "Marches 40,877 26,100 40,014 25,500
""Flag of Molise.svg "Molise 6,414 20,100 6,278 19,700
""Flag of Piedmont.svg "Piedmont 125,997 28,200 123,336 27,600
""Flag of the Italian region Sardinia.svg "Sardinia 33,075 19,700 32,377 19,300
""Sicilian Flag.svg "Sicily 83,956 16,600 82,183 16,300
""Flag of Trentino-South Tyrol.svg "Trentino-Alto Adige 35,797 34,450 35,041 33,700
""Flag of Tuscany.svg "Tuscany 106,013 28,200 103,775 27,600
""Flag of Umbria.svg "Umbria 21,533 23,700 21,078 23,200
""Flag of Veneto.svg "Veneto 149,527 30,200 146,369 29,600
Code Name GDP 2011 million, EUR[10] GDP 2011 per capita 2011, EUR[10] GDP 2011 million PPS, EUR[10] GDP 2011 per capita 2011 PPS, EUR[10]
ITE Centre 340,669 28,400 333,475 27,800
ITD North-East 364,560 31,200 356,862 30,600
ITC North-West 511,484 31,700 500,683 31,000
ITG Islands 117,031 17,400 114,560 17,000
ITF South 243,895 17,200 238,744 16,800
- Extra-regio 2,771 - 2,712 -

The extra-regio territory is made up of parts of the economic territory of a country which cannot be assigned to a single region. It consists of the national air-space, territorial waters and the continental shelf lying in international waters over which the country enjoys exclusive rights, territorial exclaves, deposits of oil, natural gas etc. worked by resident units. Until 2011, the gross value added (GVA) produced in the extra-regio was allocated pro-rata to the inhabited regions of the country concerned. The order of magnitude of the extra-regio GVA depends in particular on the resource endowment in terms of natural gas and oil. In 2011, Member States and the European Commission agreed to give countries the possibility to calculate regional GDP also for the extra-regio. The resulting GDP is available only in absolute values, because the extra-regio territory by definition does not have a resident population.

See also[edit]

Other administrative divisions[edit]


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