Central Italy

Central Italy (Italian: Italia centrale or just Centro) is one of the five official statistical regions of Italy used by the National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT), a first-level NUTS region and a European Parliament constituency.

Central Italy

Italia centrale
  Total58,052 km2 (22,414 sq mi)
(2016 est.)
 – Official languageItalian
 – Other common languages


Central Italy encompasses four of the country's 20 regions:

The southernmost and easternmost parts of Lazio (Sora, Cassino, Gaeta, Cittaducale, Formia, and Amatrice districts) are often included in Southern Italy (the so-called Mezzogiorno) for cultural and historical reasons, since they were once part of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies and southern Italian dialects are spoken.

As a geographical region, however, central Italy may also include the regions of Abruzzo and Molise,[2][3][4] which are usually part of Southern Italy for cultural and historical reasons.


Marche, Tuscany and Umbria – together with Emilia-Romagna – are considered to be the most left-leaning regions in Italy, and together are also referred to as the "Red Belt".[5][6][7][8]

Lazio, particularly outside of Rome, is more politically conservative, a trait which it shares with Southern Italy.

See also


  1. "Statistiche demografiche ISTAT". www.demo.istat.it.
  2. Source: Touring Club Italiano (TCI), "Atlante stradale d'Italia". 1999–2000 TCI Atlas. ISBN 88-365-1115-5 (Northern Italy volume) – ISBN 88-365-1116-3 (Central Italy volume) – ISBN 88-365-1117-1 (Southern Italy volume)
  3. Source: De Agostini, "Atlante Geografico Metodico". ISBN 88-415-6753-8
  4. Source: Enciclopedia Italiana "Treccani"
  5. "'Italians first': how the populist right became Italy's dominant force". The Guardian. 1 December 2018.
  6. Roy Palmer Domenico (2002). The Regions of Italy: A Reference Guide to History and Culture. p. 313.
  7. "Italy's EU election results by region: Who won where?". The Local. 27 May 2019.
  8. Western Europe 2003. 2002. p. 362.

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