Italy's history dates back to long before the classical age. As the country developed and gained global influence, civilizations and settlements sprouted up all over. Today, Rome is the biggest city in Italy, as well as the 8th largest city in Europe. As Italy is one of the world's most visited countries, the city of Rome is very popular amongst tourists as well.
All data comes from the Italian Census.
Top 5 Most Populated City in Italy
Rome - 2,872,800
Rome is the largest city in Italy, with nearly 3 million residents within its city center. This city has a history of more than 2,500 years and was first inhabited by Latins, Sabines, and Etruscans. Today, Italians and immigrants from Poland, Ukraine, Romania, Bangladesh, the Phillippines, and China reside in Rome. Given that this city home to Vatican City, it’s no surprise that the dominant religion is Catholicism.
Milan - 1,366,180
With a population of 1.3 million, Milan is the second largest city in Italy. Over history, many different cultures have conquered the city and together they have shaped it into the place it is today. Milan was originally founded by Celtic Insubres around 400 BC. Later, Romans took power followed by the Germanic Visigoths, the Huns, the Ostrogoths, the Lombards, and the Franks. In recent times, Italians from rural areas and foreign born individuals (particularly from Africa, Eastern Europe, Asians, and South Americans) make up the composition of the city.
Naples - 966,144
The third largest city in Italy is Naples with a population of just under one million. As one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, its history of inhabitants is long and diverse. Around 2,000 BC, Greek immigrants settled here and stayed throughout centuries until the city became part of the Roman Republic. After the fall of the Roman Empire, Naples became the capital of the Kingdom of Naples for nearly 600 years until 1812. Interestingly, 98.5% of the residents are Italian born.
Turin - 882,523
Turin, in northern Italy, is the fourth most populated city in Italy with a population of just under one million. It is found in the country's Piedmont region. Turin is well known for its art galleries, public squares, and architecture. It hosted the 2006 Olympics.
Palermo - 668,405
Palermo is Italy's fifth largest city, with a population of over half a million. It is the largest city in Sicily. It is an ancient city that dates back thousands of years. It is often visited for its Mediterranean weather.
Future Demographic Trends
Although these cities have impressive population sizes, they are not expected to grow. In fact, the overall population of Italy is expected to decline over the next three decades or so. The issue is that of an aging population, and the fact that the death rate is exceeding the birth rate.
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