Central Italy

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Central Italy in the strict sense

Central Italy ( Italian : Italia centrale or Centro Italia) is the middle section of the Italian peninsula , which is divided into northern Italy , central Italy and southern Italy ( southern Italy). It stretches from the Apennine ridge between La Spezia and Rimini to the historic northern border of the Kingdom of Naples . Today, following changes in the provinces in the 1920s, the southern boundary runs along the Tronto and Garigliano rivers . Central Italy is made up of the regions Tuscany , Umbria , Marche and Latium , whereby only Tuscany can be counted linguistically and culturally uniformly in central Italy . Within these boundaries, central Italy also forms one of the five Italian macro-regions .

Sometimes the region of Abruzzo is not officially included, because of its geographical location it belongs to the center of the country, but historically it has always belonged to southern Italy and is also dialectically influenced by southern Italian. For historical reasons, Emilia-Romagna is now and again counted as part of central Italy , which before the Italian unification belonged in part to the papal state ( Romagna ) .


Central Italy has 11,675,578 inhabitants. Eight cities have over 100,000 inhabitants.

city Residents region
Rome 2,718,768 Lazio
Florence 364.710 Tuscany
Prato 185,603 Tuscany
Perugia 163.287 Umbria
Livorno 160,949 Tuscany
Latina 115,490 Lazio
Terni 110,933 Umbria
Ancona 101,424 Brands


  1. ISTAT on December 31, 2007