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Central Italy
Italia Centrale
Country  Italy
Regions Lazio, Marche, Tuscany, Umbria
Largest city Rome
Highest point Monte Vettore
 - elevation 2,476 m (8,123 ft)
Lowest point Sea level
 - elevation m (0 ft)
Area 58,085.04 km² (22,427 sq mi)
Population 12,090,637 (31 December 2015)
Density 208 /km² (539 /sq mi)
Subdivisions 41 provinces and 985 comuni
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Central Italy (in red)
Central Italy (in red)

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 NUTS1 level region.


Central Italy borders to the northwest with Liguria (Northwest Italy); to the northeast with San Marino and Emilia-Romagna; to the south with Abruzzo, Molise and Campania (South Italy).

The Adriatic Sea is to the east and the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Ligurian Sea to the west.

The Apennines are mountain ranges that go across Central Italy. The highest point, in the region, is Monte Vettore that is 2,476 metres (8,123 ft) high. The main rivers are the Arno and Tiber rivers. The largest lakes are Trasimeno, Bolsena and Bracciano.


Central Italy encompasses four of the 20 regions of Italy, including 41 provinces and 985 comuniː

Region Capital Population Area
Provinces Comuni
Lazio Roma 5,892,425 17,232.29 341.9 5 378
Marche Ancona 1,550,796 9,401.38 165.0 5 236
Tuscany Firenze 3,752,654 22,987.04 163.3 10 279
Umbria Perugia 894,762 8,464.33 105.7 21 92
Total 12,090,637 58,085.04 208.2 41 985

As geographical region, however, Central Italy also includes the regions of Abruzzo and Molise, which are usually part of Southern Italy for historical reasonsː both were part of the southern Kingdom of the Two Sicilies

The comuni with more than 100,000 persons living in them areː

Comune Population Province Region
Rome 2,864,731 Rome Lazio
Florence 382,808 Florence Tuscany
Prato 191,150 Prato Tuscany
Perugia 166,134 Perugia Umbria
Livorno 159,219 Livorno Tuscany
Latina 125,985 Latina Lazio
Terni 111,501 Terni Umbria
Ancona 100,861 Ancona Marche

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