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Map of Italy Regions

by Vishal Kumar

The first-level administrative divisions of the Italian Republic are the regions. Italy is subdivided into 20 regions. All the regions of Italy are autonomous, except for five regions, which are autonomous with special statutes. These regions are further divided into Provinces.

Map of Italy Regions

Italy constitutes 20 regions as the administrative divisions, out of which 5 are considered autonomous. The constitution of 1948 granted a certain degree of autonomy to the regions of Italy and specified that the Constitution is supposed to recognize, promote and protect the local autonomy of these regions. This step was taken with the intention of decentralizing services at the State level. The twenty Regions of Italy are:

    • Abruzzo with L’Aquila as its capital: This place with harsh mountains and a long coastline is a perfect tourist destination
    • Apulia with Bari as its Capital:
    • Aosta Valley with Aosta as its Capital: Aosta, a region of Italy is located in the North West corner of the Peninsula and is bordered by Mount Blanc, The Grand Pradiso, and Mount Rosa.
    • Calabria with Catanzaro as its Capital: One of the most citric fruit-producing regions of Italy, Calabria also forms the basis of all industrial enterprises.
    • Campania with Naples as its Capital: The region has been blessed by the best of the Greeks, Romans, Swabians, Bourbons, and Normans all of whom had once settled in this region of Italy.
    • Basilicata with Potenza as its Capital: A historical place, it has some very interesting archaeological zone.
    • Lazio with Rome as its Capital: It differs a lot from its capital both historically and naturally and is an archive of art and history.
    • Emilia-Romangna with bologna as its Capital: With a Cathedral in every Town and Village, this region of Italy runs from the Apennines to the Adriatic.
    • Friuli-Venezia Giulia with Trieste as its Capital: Art, culture, and tradition are the marks of identification for this region of Italy.
    • Lombardy with Milan as its Capital: Known for its artistic, romantic waterways the region has Milan, a leading commercial center as its Capital.
    • Marche with Ancona as its Capital: This region sums up all the beauty of Italy.
    • Molise with Campobasso as its Capital: With a number of Seaside resorts this place is a hot favorite among tourists.
    • Liguria with Genoa as its Capital: The mildest region of North Italy, this region of Italy is like a Terrace overlooking the Sea.
    • Veneto with Venice as its Capital: Its Capital Venice represents the great Civilization of the region.
    • Tuscany with Florence as its Capital: The captivating landscape is a true representative of the essence of Italy.
    • Trentino-Alto Adige with Trento as its Capital: With the Dolomites standing strong in this region this is one of the most popular regions among mountain lovers.
    • Sicily with Palermo as its Capital: A popular holiday spot, its temperate climate, and the resorts make it a hot favorite.
    • Sardinia with Cagliari as its Capital: The second largest island in Italy it is a museum of culture and heritage.
    • Umbria with Perugia as its Capital: The land of the Saints, as it is commonly known, is known for its mystic character.
    • Piedmont with Turin as its Capital: Scenic beauty is best molded by industries in this region of Italy.

Regions of Italy (Administrative divisions) with their capital cities

Region Population (Jan 2016) Area (sq km) Area (sq mi) Pop. Density
(sq mile)
Capital city Number of comune
Abruzzo 1,326,513 10,832 4,182 316 L’Aquila 305
Aosta Valley 127,329 3,261 1,259 101 Aosta 74
Apulia 4,077,166 19,541 7,545 541 Bari 258
Basilicata 573,694 10,073 3,889 148 Potenza 131
Calabria 1,970,521 15,222 5,877 334 Catanzaro 405
Campania 5,850,850 13,671 5,278 1109 Naples 550
Emilia-Romagna 4,448,146 22,453 8,669 513 Bologna 333
Friuli-Venezia Giulia 1,221,218 7,862 3,036 401 Trieste 216
Lazio 5,888,472 17,232 6,653 886 Rome 378
Liguria 1,571,053 5,416 2,091 751 Genoa 235
Lombardy 10,008,349 23,864 9,214 1085 Milan 1,523
Marches 1,543,752 9,401 3,630 425 Ancona 229
Molise 312,027 4,461 1,722 181 Campobasso 136
Piedmont 4,404,246 25,387 9,802 448 Turin 1,202
Sardinia 1,658,138 24,100 9,305 179 Cagliari 377
Sicily 5,074,261 25,832 9,974 508 Palermo 390
Trentino-South Tyrol 1,059,114 13,606 5,253 202 Trento 293
Tuscany 3,744,398 22,987 8,875 422 Florence 276
Umbria 891,181 8,464 3,268 272 Perugia 92
Veneto 4,915,123 18,407 7,107 692 Venice 575
ITALY 60,665,551 302,073 116,631 521 Rome 7,978

In the time of Ancient Rome, the capital city of Italy was the center of the entire Roman Empire. Today Italy, a founding member of the eurozone and the European Union, is also one of the largest economies in the world, and a major regional power in Europe. Rich Catholic culture has shaped the country’s religious base, even though Judaism has been the longest established religious faith in the country. Home to a number of UNESCO heritage sites, Italy is also a great center of culture, literature, and art. Italy is also known for giving the world the theatrical extravaganza called opera, and its traditional cuisine – pasta and pizzas.

Italy’s Political Timeline

8th century- 7th Century BC Greeks settled in the southern part of the Italian peninsula
8th century- 7th century BC The Roman Republic unified the peninsula
3rd Century BC Romans captured the neighboring islands
1st century BC Romans dominated the Mediterranean world
5th Century AD Roman empire declined
11th century Northern and central Italy was exposed to the influence of the Renaissance and experienced commercial prosperity.
16th Century The Renaissance began in Italy and spread throughout Europe
1861 The nationalist movement reunited Italy with the exception of Rome.
1870 Rome became part of Italy
1946 Italy became a Republic
1948 Constitution was approved


Location of Italy

Located in southern Europe, Italy is comprised of the Italian Peninsula and a number of islands. Italy shares borders with four countries: Switzerland, France, Austria, and Slovenia. It also surrounds two landlocked countries, San Marino and Vatican City. Italy spans a total area of 116,347 square miles and has a coastline of 4,722 miles.

Economy and Agriculture

Economically, Italy can be divided into two parts – the developed industrial north, which is dominated by private companies, and the less developed agricultural south. Prior to World War II, Italy had an agriculture-based economy, and after the Second World War, Italy rapidly transformed into an industrialized nation. Today, Italy is one of the most developed nations in the world, with a high standard of living. The country has high GDP, but also has a high unemployment rate. Italy’s economy is supported by many small and medium-sized enterprises, which mainly produce high-quality consumer goods.

Italy’s GDP is about $2.05 trillion (2010 United Nations), which is the eighth largest in the world. Italy’s main agricultural products are wheat, rice, citrus fruits, beef, potatoes, and soybeans. Its main industries are the textile industry, tourism industry, and consumer goods manufacturing enterprises. The eurozone crisis has left an indelible mark on the country, though, and unemployment is a major concern.

Political History and Divisions

Prior to June 1946, the monarchy was prevalent in Italy, but the monarchy was abolished in June 1946, and Italy became a parliamentary democratic nation. Italy’s parliament is divided into two houses: the Senate of the Republic (315 seats) and the Chamber of Deputies (630 seats). Italy’s prime minister shares authority with the president of Italy. Fifteen regions of Italy have centralized governments, with the head of the regions reporting to the central government. The twenty regions of Italy have about 110 provinces, each with its own locally elected representatives. One unique feature of Italy’s parliament is that representation is given to permanently non-residing citizens.

Major Cities of Italy

  • Venice: Located in northeastern Italy, Venice is the capital of the Veneto region. Venice is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for its beautiful views, works of art, and unique landscapes and architecture. This city attracts many tourists every year.
  • Milan: Milan is the commercial, industrial, and business center of Italy. This second largest city in Italy also is the capital of the Lombardy region and can be called the capital of Italian fashion.
  • Florence: This famous historical city is the capital of the Tuscany region of Italy. Florence has many monuments and museums that attract visitors to this city on regular basis.
  • Rome: The capital of Italy, as well as the Lazio region, Rome, became part of unified Italy in 1870. In ancient times, Rome was the capital of the Roman Empire, which was a powerful empire that spanned the Mediterranean. Rome is also listed as a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site.

Italy – from the Etruscans to the present day

Italy is a peninsular country bounded by the Mediterranean, with the Tyrrhenian Sea in the west and the Adriatic Sea to the east. Italy is a beautiful country with lofty mountains like the Apennine and green valleys like Lombardy. The Po is the longest river in Italy. Italy is home to two great civilizations, namely the Roman and the Etruscan civilizations.

Italy has a population of about 60.3 million people (2022 estimate) and is known for its culture and tradition. Italy is a predominantly Roman Catholic country. The official language of Italy is Italian, but German and French are also spoken by a minority of the population in certain regions. Various dialects are spoken within regions of Italy.

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