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Each has its own history, its own specificity and unique natural beauties. The Italian regions are all beautiful and deserve to be explored far and wide, lived and loved. But how many are the regions of the Bel Paese in total? Which are the largest and which are the smallest? How many of these are bathed by the sea? In this article you will find these and many other curiosities about the Italian Regions!

Index

  1. 19, 20 or 21: How many regions of Italy are there?
  2. Classified by extension
  3. Ranking by population
  4. List of Italian Regions
  5. Curiosities about the Italian regions
  6. User questions and comments

19, 20 or 21: How many regions of Italy are there?

Italy is made up of 20 regions, of which 5 with special statute and 15 with ordinary statute. However, the number of regions has varied over the years.

At the birth of the Republic there were 19: Abruzzo and Molise were merged into a single entity called "Abruzzi and Molise", they split only in 1963. The regions were introduced into the Italian legal system in 1948, before then there were "statistical-administrative decentralization districts".

There is a 21st Italian region? The answer is no. However, in the past there has been debate on the possible establishment of a single territorial body named Lunezia (or Emilia-Lunense), which would include within it the provinces of La Spezia, Massa-Carrara, Parma, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia and Mantua, and partly Cremona and Lucca.




Classified by extension

Ranking by population

List of Italian Regions

1 - Aosta Valley

  • Number of Provinces: 1
  • Number of municipalities: 74
  • Capital of the Region: Aosta
  • Confini: Switzerland to the north, France to the west, Piedmont to the south and east.
  • Bathed by the sea: -
  • Main mountains: Mont Blanc (4.810 m), Lyskamm / Monte Rosa (4.527 m), Matterhorn (4.478 m), Gran Paradiso (4.061 m)
  • Main rivers: Dora Baltea
  • Main lakes: Beauregard Lake, Place Moulin Lake, Great Lake
  • Main islands: -
  • Airports: Aosta Valley Airport "Corrado Gex"
  • City of tourist interest: Aosta, Courmayeur - discover the places to visit absolutely and the most beautiful villages

2 - Lombardy

  • Number of Provinces: 12 (Bergamo, Brescia, Como, Cremona, Lecco, Lodi, Mantua, Milan, Monza, Pavia, Sondrio, Varese)
  • Number of municipalities: 1.527
  • Capital of the Region: Milan
  • Confini: Switzerland to the north, Piedmont to the west, Emilia-Romagna to the south, Veneto and Trentino-Alto Adige to the east
  • Bathed by the sea: -
  • Main mountains: Pizzo Zupò / Bernina (3.996 m), Monte Cevedale (3.764 m)
  • Main rivers: Po, Adda, Oglio, Ticino, Churches, Lambro, Serio
  • Main lakes: Lake Garda, Lake Maggiore, Lake Como, Lake Iseo, Lake Lugano, Lake Varese, Lake Mezzola, Lake Annone.
  • Main islands: Monte Isola (in Lake Iseo)
  • Airports: Bergamo-Orio al Serio Airport, Brescia-Montichiari Airport, Milan-Linate Airport, Milan-Malpensa Airport,
  • City of tourist interest: Milan, Bergamo, Como, Mantua, Chiavenna - discover the places to visit absolutely and the most beautiful villages

3 - Liguria

  • Number of Provinces: 4 - Genoa, Imperia, La Spezia, Savona
  • Number of municipalities: 235
  • Capital of the Region: Genoa
  • Confini: France to the west, Piedmont to the north, Emilia-Romagna to the north-east, Tuscany to the south-east
  • Bathed by the sea: Ligurian to the south
  • Main mountains: Monte Saccarello (2.200 m), Monte Maggiorasca (1.799 m)
  • Main rivers: Vara
  • Main lakes: Lake of Brugneto
  • Main islands: Palmaria
  • Airports: Albenga-Villanova Airport, Genoa Sestri Ponente Airport
  • City of tourist interest: Genoa, Imperia, La Spezia, Savona, Portofino - discover the places to visit absolutely and the most beautiful villages

4 - Piedmont

  • Number of Provinces: 8 - Alessandria, Asti, Biella, Cuneo, Novara, Turin, Verbania, Vercelli
  • Number of municipalities: 1.202
  • Capital of the Region: Turin
  • Confini: Switzerland and Valle d'Aosta to the north, France to the west, Liguria to the south, Emilia-Romagna and Lombardy to the east
  • Bathed by the sea: -
  • Main mountains: Punta Nordend / Monte Rosa (4.609 m), Roc / Gran Paradiso (4.609 m)
  • Main rivers: Po, Tanaro, Ticino, Dora Baltea, Agogna, Sesia, Dora Riparia, Stura di Demonte.
  • Main lakes: Lake Maggiore, Lake Orta, Lake Viverone, Lake Mergozzo
  • Main islands: -
  • Airports: Cuneo-Levaldigi Airport, Turin-Caselle Airport
  • City of tourist interest: Turin, Alessandria, Asti, Verbania, Vercelli, Orta San Giulio - discover the places to visit absolutely and the most beautiful villages

5 - Emilia-Romagna

  • Number of Provinces: 9 - Bologna, Ferrara, Forlì, Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Ravenna, Reggio nell'Emilia, Rimini
  • Number of municipalities: 334
  • Capital of the Region: Bologna
  • Confini: Veneto and Lombardy to the north, Piedmont and Liguria to the west, Tuscany to the south, Marche and San Marino to the south-east
  • Bathed by the sea: Adriatic to the east - discover the most beautiful beaches
  • Main mountains: Monte Cimone (2.165 m), Monte Cusna (2.120 m)
  • Main rivers: Po, Reno, Secchia, Panaro, Savio, Taro, Trebbia, Enza
  • Main lakes: Valleys of Comacchio
  • Main islands: -
  • Airports: Bologna-Borgo Panigale Airport, Parma Airport, Rimini-Miramare Airport, Forlì Airport
  • City of tourist interest: Bologna, Ferrara, Modena, Piacenza, Parma, Ravenna, Rimini - discover the places to visit absolutely and the most beautiful villages

6 - Veneto

  • Number of Provinces: 7 - Belluno, Padua, Rovigo, Treviso, Venice, Verona, Vicenza
  • Number of municipalities: 576
  • Capital of the Region: Venice
  • Confini: Friuli-Venezia Giulia to the east, Austria to the north, Trentino-Alto Adige to the north-west, Lombardy to the west, Emilia-Romagna to the south
  • Bathed by the sea: Adriatic to the southeast
  • Main mountains: Marmolada (3.342 m), Antelao (3.264 m), Le Tofane (3.243 m)
  • Main rivers: Po, Adige, Piave, Brenta, Bacchiglione, Livenza
  • Main lakes: Lake Garda, Lake of S.Croce
  • Main islands: -
  • Airports: Treviso-Sant'Angelo Airport, Venice-Tessera Airport, Verona-Villafranca Airport
  • City of tourist interest: Venice, Padua, Treviso, Verona, Vicenza - discover the places to visit absolutely and the most beautiful villages

7 - Friuli-Venezia Giulia

  • Number of Provinces: 4 - Gorizia, Pordenone, Trieste, Udine
  • Number of municipalities: 216
  • Capital of the Region: Trieste
  • Confini: Slovenia to the east, Austria to the north, Veneto to the west
  • Bathed by the sea: Adriatic to the south - discover the most beautiful beaches
  • Main mountains: Monte Coglians (2.780 m), Jof di Montasio (2.753 m)
  • Main rivers: Tagliamento, Isonzo
  • Main lakes: Lake of Cavazzo
  • Main islands: -
  • Airports: Trieste-Ronchi dei Legionari Airport
  • City of tourist interest: Trieste, Gorizia, Pordenone, Udine - discover the places to visit absolutely and the most beautiful villages

8 - Trentino-Alto Adige

  • Number of Provinces: 2 - Bolzano, Trento
  • Number of municipalities: 293
  • Capital of the Region: Trento
  • Confini: Austria to the north, Switzerland to the west, Lombardy to the south-west, Veneto to the south-east
  • Bathed by the sea: -
  • Main mountains: Ortles (3.899 m), Monte Cevedale (3.764 m), Palla Bianca (3.764 m) - discover the best places to ski
  • Main rivers: Adige, Avisio, Isarco, Noce, Sarca
  • Main lakes: Lake Garda, Lake Caldonazzo, Lake Molveno, Lake Ledro
  • Main islands: -
  • Airports: Bolzano Airport
  • City of tourist interest: Bolzano, Merano, Rovereto, Bressanone, Riva del Garda, Brunico - discover the places to visit and the most beautiful villages

9 - Marche

  • Number of Provinces: 5 - Ancona, Ascoli Piceno, Fermo, Macerata, Pesaro and Urbino
  • Number of municipalities: 236
  • Capital of the Region: Ancona
  • Confini: Emilia-Romagna and San Marino to the north-west, Tuscany and Umbria to the west, Lazio and Abruzzo to the south
  • Bathed by the sea: Adriatic to the east - discover the most beautiful beaches
  • Main mountains: Monte Carrier (2.476 m), Monte Priora (2.332 m)
  • Main rivers: Tronto, Metauro, Chienti, Esino, Foglia, Potenza
  • Main lakes: Lake of Caccamo, Lake of Castreccioni or Cingoli, Lake of Fiastra
  • Main islands: -
  • Airports: Ancona-Falconara Airport
  • City of tourist interest: Ascoli Piceno, Fermo, Macerata, Urbino, Ancona, Pesaro, San Benedetto del Tronto - discover the places to visit absolutely and the most beautiful villages

10 - Tuscany

  • Number of Provinces: 10 - Arezzo, Florence, Grosseto, Livorno, Lucca, Massa, Pisa, Pistoia, Prato, Siena
  • Number of municipalities: 279
  • Capital of the Region: Florence
  • Confini: Liguria to the north-west, Emilia-Romagna to the north, Marche and Umbria to the east, Lazio to the south-east
  • Bathed by the sea: Ligurian in the center-north, Tyrrhenian in the south - discover the most beautiful beaches
  • Main mountains: Monte Pisanino (1.946 m), Corno alle Scale (1.945 m)
  • Main rivers: Arno, Ombrone, Serchio
  • Main lakes: Orbetello Lagoon, Massaciuccoli Lake, Chiusi Lake, Montepulciano Lake
  • Main islands: Elba, Giglio, Capraia, Montecristo, Pianosa
  • Airports: Florence-Peretola Airport, Grosseto Airport, Marina di Campo Airport, Pisa-San Giusto Airport
  • City of tourist interest: Florence, Livorno, Lucca, Pisa, Siena, Viareggio, Massa, Prato, Pistoia - discover the places to visit absolutely and the most beautiful villages

11 - Umbria

  • Number of Provinces: 2 - Perugia, Terni
  • Number of municipalities: 92
  • Capital of the Region: Perugia
  • Confini: Marche to the north-east, Tuscany to the west, Lazio to the south
  • Bathed by the sea: -
  • Main mountains: Monte Carrier (2.448 m)
  • Main rivers: Tiber, Nera
  • Main lakes: Trasimeno Lake, Piediluco Lake
  • Main islands: Polvese Island, Maggiore Island (in Lake Trasimeno)
  • Airports: Perugia-Sant'Egidio Airport
  • City of tourist interest: Perugia, Terni, Spoleto, Gubbio, Assisi, Orvieto, Narni - discover the places to visit absolutely and the most beautiful villages

12 - Lazio

  • Number of Provinces: 5 - Frosinone, Latina, Rieti, Rome, Viterbo
  • Number of municipalities: 378
  • Capital of the Region: Roma
  • Confini: Tuscany to the north-west, Umbria to the north, Marche to the north-east, Abruzzo and Molise to the east, Campania to the south-east
  • Bathed by the sea: Tyrrhenian to the west - discover the most beautiful beaches
  • Main mountains: Monte Gorzano (2.242 m), Monte Terminillo (2.050 m)
  • Main rivers: Tiber, Liri-Garigliano, Aniene, Velino, Sacco
  • Main lakes: Lake Bolsena, Lake Bracciano, Lake Vico, Lake Albano, Lake Fondi, Lake Fogliano, Lake Sabaudia
  • Main islands: Pontine Islands (Ponza)
  • Airports: Rome-Ciampino Airport, Rome-Fiumicino Airport
  • City of tourist interest: Rome, Frosinone, Latina, Civita di Bagnoregio, Rieti, Viterbo, Gaeta - discover the places to visit absolutely and the most beautiful villages

13 - Abruzzo

  • Number of Provinces: 4 - L'Aquila, Chieti, Pescara, Teramo
  • Number of municipalities: 305
  • Capital of the Region: L'Aquila
  • Confini: Marche to the north, Lazio to the south-west, Molise to the south-east
  • Bathed by the sea: Adriatic to the east - discover the most beautiful beaches
  • Main mountains: Gran Sasso d'Italia (2.914 m), La Maiella (2.795 m)
  • Main rivers: Liri-Garigliano, Aterno-Pescara, Sangro
  • Main lakes: Lake of Campotosto, Lake of Scanno
  • Main islands: -
  • Airports: Pescara Airport
  • City of tourist interest: L'Aquila, Pescara, Teramo, Vasto - places to visit absolutely and the most beautiful villages

14 - Campania

  • Number of Provinces: 5 - Avellino, Benevento, Caserta, Naples, Salerno
  • Number of municipalities: 550
  • Capital of the Region: Naples
  • Confini: Lazio to the north-west, Molise to the north, Puglia to the north-east, Basilicata to the east
  • Bathed by the sea: Tyrrhenian to the west - discover the most beautiful beaches
  • Main mountains: Monte Miletto (2.050 m)
  • Main rivers: Volturno, Tanagro
  • Main lakes: Matese Lake, Patria Lake, Fusaro Lake, Averno Lake
  • Main islands: Ischia, Capri, Procida
  • Airports: Naples-Capodichino Airport, Salerno-Pontecagnano Airport
  • City of tourist interest: Naples, Avellino, Caserta, Salerno - discover the places to visit absolutely and the most beautiful villages

15 - Puglia

  • Number of Provinces: 6 - Bari, Barletta-Andria-Trani, Brindisi, Foggia, Lecce, Taranto
  • Number of municipalities: 258
  • Capital of the Region: Bari
  • Confini: Molise and Campania to the west, Basilicata to the south-west
  • Bathed by the sea: Adriatic in the North, Ionian in the South - discover the most beautiful beaches
  • Main mountains: Monte Cornacchia (1.152 m)
  • Main rivers: Ofanto, Cervaro, Fortore, Carapelle
  • Main lakes: Varano Lake, Lesina Lake
  • Main islands: Tremiti Islands (San Domino)
  • Airports: Bari-Palese Airport, Brindisi-Papola Casale Airport, Foggia-Gino Lisa Airport. Taranto-Grottaglie airport.
  • City of tourist interest: Bari, Barletta, Andria, Trani, Brindisi, Foggia, Lecce, Taranto, Ostuni, Vieste, Polignano a Mare, Alberobello, Peschici - discover places to visit absolutely and the most beautiful villages

16 - Molise

  • Number of Provinces: 2 - Campobasso, Isernia
  • Number of municipalities: 136
  • Capital of the Region: Campobasso
  • Confini: Abruzzo to the north-west, Lazio to the west, Campania to the south, Puglia to the east
  • Bathed by the sea: Adriatic to the east - discover the most beautiful beaches
  • Main mountains: Monte Meta (2.242 m), Monte Miletto (2.050 m)
  • Main rivers: Biferno, Trigno
  • Main lakes: Lake of Occhito, Lake of Guardialfiera
  • Main islands: -
  • Airports: -
  • City of tourist interest: Campobasso, Isernia, Termoli, Larino - discover the places to visit absolutely and the most beautiful villages

17 - Basilicata

  • Number of Provinces: 2 - Matera, Potenza
  • Number of municipalities: 131
  • Capital of the Region: Power
  • Confini: Campania to the west, Puglia to the north and east, Calabria to the south
  • Bathed by the sea: Tyrrhenian to the south-west, Ionian to the south-east - discover the most beautiful beaches
  • Main mountains: Monte Pollino (2.267 m), Monte Sirino (2.005 m)
  • Main rivers: Basento, Agri, Bradano, Sinni
  • Main lakes: Lake of S. Giuliano, Lake of Monte Cotugno, Lake of Pietra del Pertusillo, Lakes of Monticchio (Large, Small)
  • Main islands: -
  • Airports: -
  • City of tourist interest: Potenza, Matera, Melfi, Maratea, Brienza, Pietrapertosa - discover the places to visit absolutely and the most beautiful villages

18 - Calabria

  • Number of Provinces: 5 - Catanzaro, Cosenza, Crotone, Reggio di Calabria, Vibo Valentia
  • Number of municipalities: 409
  • Capital of the Region: Catanzaro
  • Confini: Basilicata to the north
  • Main mountains: Monte Pollino (2.267 m), Monte Pellegrino (1.987 m), Montalto / Aspromonte (1.955 m), Botte Donato / Sila Grande (1.928 m)
  • Bathed by the sea: Tyrrhenian to the west, Ionian to the east - discover the most beautiful beaches
  • Main rivers: Neto, Crati
  • Main lakes: Lake Cecita, Lake Arvo, Lake Ampollino, Lake of the Two Men
  • Main islands: -
  • Airports: Airport of Lamezia Terme, Airport of Reggio Calabria, Airport of Crotone
  • City of tourist interest: Catanzaro, Cosenza, Crotone, Reggio Calabria, Vibo Valentia, Lamezia Terme, Tropea - discover the places to visit absolutely and the most beautiful villages

19 - Sicily

  • Number of Provinces: 9 - Agrigento, Caltanissetta, Catania, Enna, Messina, Palermo, Ragusa, Syracuse, Trapani
  • Number of municipalities: 390
  • Capital of the Region: Palermo
  • Confini: -
  • Bathed by the sea: Tyrrhenian to the north, Sicily to the southwest, Ionian to the east - discover the most beautiful beaches
  • Main mountains: Etna (3.323 m)
  • Main rivers: Imera-Salso, Simeto
  • Main lakes: Lake Pozzillo, Lake Lentini, Lake Poma, Lake Ogliastro, Lake Pergusa
  • Main islands: Aeolian (Lipari, Salina, Vulcano, Stromboli), Egadi (Favignana, Marettimo), Pelagie (Lampedusa), Ustica, Pantelleria.
  • Airports: Palermo Falcone e Borsellino Airport, Catania-Fontanarossa Airport, Vincenzo Florio Trapani Birgi Airport, Pantelleria Airport, Lampedusa Airport
  • City of tourist interest: Palermo, Cefalù, Catania, Syracuse, Trapani, Mazara del Vallo, Marsala, Ragusa, Sciacca, Taormina - discover the places to visit absolutely and the most beautiful villages

20 - Sardinia

  • Number of Provinces: 5 - Carbonia, Nuoro, Oristano, Sassari, Cagliari
  • Number of municipalities: 377
  • Capital of the Region: Cagliari
  • Confini: -
  • Bathed by the sea: Tyrrhenian to the north, Ligurian to the east, Sardinia to the west - discover the most beautiful beaches
  • Main mountains: Punta La Marmora / Gennargentu (1.834 m)
  • Main rivers: Tirso, Flumendosa, Coghinas
  • Main lakes: Lake Omodeo, Lake Coghinas, Lake Baratz
  • Main islands: Sant'Antioco, San Pietro, Asinara, La Maddalena, Caprera
  • Airports: Alghero-Fertilia Airport, Cagliari-Elmas Airport, Olbia-Costa Smeralda Airport
  • City of tourist interest: Cagliari, Nuoro, Oristano, Sassari, Olbia, Alghero, Porto Torres - discover the places to visit absolutely and the most beautiful villages

Curiosities about the Italian regions

  • What are the regions with special status? Sicily, Sardinia, Valle d'Aosta, Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Trentino-Alto Adige
  • What are the regions at the geographic extremes? To the far north we find Trentino Alto-Adige (Vetta d'Italia, Predoi), to the south Sicily (Punta Sottile, Lampedusa), to the east Puglia (Capo d'Otranto, Otranto), to the west Piedmont (Rocca Bernauda , Bardonecchia)
  • How many regions are not bathed by the sea? There are only 5: Valle D'Aosta, Piedmont, Lombardy, Trentino-Alto Adige and Umbria
  • Which is the region with the most municipalities? Lombardy with 1.527 municipalities
  • Which is the region with the least municipalities? Basilicata with 131 municipalities
  • Which are the regions with the highest and lowest population density? Lombardy has the highest density with 419 inhabitants per sq km; Valle d'Aosta has the lowest density with 39 inhabitants per sq. km
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