20 largest cities in Italy 2019, by number of inhabitants

In 2019, Rome resulted first in the ranking of the twenty most populous cities of Italy. With over 2.8 million inhabitants, the capital of the country put ahead Milan and Naples, which at the beginning of 2019 registered 1.4 million and 959 thousand citizens, respectively. If compared with the number of citizens in 2012, the resident population of Rome increased of over 250 thousand individuals over the six-year period of time.

All streets lead to Rome

Rome is located in the center of Italy in the Lazio region, the second largest region in terms of population size. Known also as the Eternal City, Rome has always played an important role on the international stage - first as the capital of the Roman Empire, then as the seat of the Roman Catholic Church, and it remains a center of commerce, science and art.

Roman holiday

The Eternal City is also the main tourist destination in Italy and was the third most-visited city in Europe in 2017. The largest groups of international visitors in Rome in 2017 came from the United States of America, Japan and the United Kingdom. Every year, more and more tourists enjoy also the best-known tourist attractions in Rome, like the Colosseum, Forum Romanum (Roman Forum) and Palatine Hill, which together recorded over seven million visitors in 2017.

Leading 20 largest cities in Italy as of January 2019, by number of inhabitants*

Number of inhabitants
Palermo 663,401
Bologna 390,636
Bari 320,862
Catania 311,584
Verona 257,993
Brescia 196,702
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Release date

January 2019



Survey time period

January 1, 2019

Supplementary notes

* Population by the first of January 2019

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