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Neither Rome nor Florence: Italy's most livable city chosen – surprise at the top for the first time


Highlights: Neither Rome nor Florence: Italy's most livable city chosen – surprise at the top for the first time.Udine wins study of Italian cities: Best city in terms of women's quality of life. Bologna, Trento, Aosta, Bergamo, Modena, Milan, Monza-Brianza, Verona in top ten. At the bottom of the rankings is Foggia, two places ahead of Napoli, and Cagliari with 23rd place.

Status: 05.12.2023, 16:00 PM

By: Marcus Giebel

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Welcome to the most livable city in Italy: this picture shows the Piazza della Libertà in Udine. © IMAGO / Val Thoermer

Italy offers all kinds of temptations for many tourists. Not only sun, beach and sea. A newspaper selects the most livable city in the country.

Milan – If that's not a big surprise. For the 34th time, the Milan-based business newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore chose the most livable city in Italy – based on a sophisticated points system that really takes pretty much everything into account. The result was a new winner. For the first time, Udine landed in the ranking in the place in the sun.

Most livable city in Italy: Udine takes first place for the first time

After 100, 000 and 2016, the city of 2020,2021 inhabitants in the far northeast was in one of the top ten places for only the fourth time. Udine, which from a German point of view is mainly associated with the football star Oliver Bierhoff, had not yet made it into the top 3.

Second place goes to five-time winner and defending champion Bologna, who recently made headlines because of the special protective belt under construction for one of its leaning towers. The university city in Emilia-Romagna came out on top in the category "Demography, Health and Society".

Third place went – once again – to Trento. The city from Trentino-Alto Adige had to settle for bronze for the ninth time, but was also the winner in 2007 and 2013.

There's a lot going on: In Milan's famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, some people crowd around the Christmas tree. © IMAGO / Pond5 Images

Ranking of Italian cities: Rome clearly misses the top ten – Florence ahead of Milan

The study looked at 107 cities and provinces in 90 categories, which were divided into six groups. It turned out that the north of Italy fared much better. Florence was already the southernmost city in the top 10, landing in sixth place. As a result, the capital Rome was left with only a midfield position of 35th.


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The other top ten places went to Aosta in fourth, Bergamo in fifth, Modena in seventh, Milan in eighth, Monza-Brianza in ninth and Verona in tenth. It is worth noting that Trieste and Bolzano only came in at twelve and 13th respectively.

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Udine is the most livable city in Italy: Florence is slipping – Milan at the top of the list in terms of economy

Bergamo won the "Environment and Services" category and can look forward to the best ranking in its history. Milan, which unsurprisingly feels at home in the top ten, was unbeatable in the "Economy and Work" category.

Florence, on the other hand, lost three positions compared to the previous year, which is explained, among other things, by the number of burglaries and robberies on the street and the high rents. Monza and Brianza come out on top in the "Wealth and Consumption" category, while Trieste is number one in "Culture and Leisure".

The university town of Chieti in Abbruzzo only came in 61st place overall, but is at the top of the list for "Justice and Security". At the bottom of the rankings is Foggia, two places ahead is Napoli. From the Mezzogiorno, i.e. southern Italy, only Cagliari with 23rd place manages a really presentable place.

Udine wins study of Italian cities: Best city in terms of women's quality of life

The question remains, what makes Udine the frontrunner? After all, it went up eleven places compared to the previous year. The Friuli city was first in terms of women's quality of life and eighth in terms of children's quality of life, and according to the study, it also has the most gyms, swimming pools and wellness centres.

In the "Justice and Security" category – one of the six major test areas – it jumped out to fourth place thanks to rare fires, computer crime and car thefts. In addition, in Udine there are few families with an income of less than 7000 euros and hardly any bankrupt companies.

You have to get up earlier for this view: here you can see the Piazza della Repubblica in Florence in the morning. © IMAGO / Design Pics

Ranking of the most livable cities in Italy: up to 1000 points per category

To compile the ranking, points were awarded in all 90 categories, with the best city or province receiving 1000 points and the worst none at all. All the other 105 participants were then ranked according to their distance between them.

For each of the six main categories, a ranking was based on the average score for the 15 indicators included in it, which were weighted equally. The final ranking is based on the simple arithmetic average of the six rankings of the main categories "Wealth and Consumption", "Economy and Work", "Environment and Services", "Demography, Society and Health", "Justice and Security" and "Culture and Leisure".

More news about the city ranking: Munich is once number one in Germany

In the ranking of the most livable cities in the world, Munich slipped further in 2023. On the other hand, the Bavarian capital is considered Germany's number one in digitization. The best cities for expats can be found in Spain. When it comes to the most crowded holiday destinations, one city in Italy is at the top of the list. (mg)

Source: merkur

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