Metropolitan City of Naples

Not to be confused with Naples metropolitan area.
Metropolitan City of Naples
Metropolitan City

Aerial view of the Metropolitan City of Naples.

Coat of arms
Country  Italy
Region Campania
Established 1 January 2015
Capital(s) Naples
Comuni 92
  Mayor Luigi de Magistris
  Total 1,171 km2 (452 sq mi)
Population (2014)
  Total 3,128,700
  Density 2,700/km2 (6,900/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISTAT 263 [1]

The Metropolitan City of Naples (Italian: Città metropolitana di Napoli) is an Italian Metropolitan City in Campania region, established on January 1, 2015. Its capital city is Naples; within the city there are 92 municipalities.[2][3] It was first created by the reform of local authorities (Law 142/1990) and then established by the Law 56/2014.

The Metropolitan City of Naples is headed by the Metropolitan Mayor (Sindaco metropolitano) and by the Metropolitan Council (Consiglio metropolitano). Since 1 January 2015 its head is Luigi de Magistris, as mayor of the capital city.

Demography and territory

Location of the Metropolitan City in Campania region.

The metropolitan city of Naples has some peculiarities that distinguish it clearly from other Italian metropolitan cities: besides having a vulnerable seismic and volcanic activity, due to the presence of Vesuvius and Campi Flegrei, its territory occupies only 8.6% the surface of the Campania (13,590 km²), while it concentrates more than half of the entire regional population. This phenomenon of overcrowding has created a strong demographic and territorial imbalance with the other four provinces in Campania.

The Neapolitan area is the 96th on 110 Italian provinces and metropolitan cities by extension. Its area, 1,171 km² including islands, is smaller than the surface of the comune of Rome (1,287 km²).[4]

The substrate of the municipalities varies widely, ranging from 1.62 to 117.27 km² of Casavatore km² of capital; 60% of the municipalities are small (less than or equal to 10 km²), 36% of medium-sized (> 10 km² and ≤ 25 km²), the rest (11%) more than 25 km² and, of this, only two municipalities (Acerra and Giugliano) are between 50 and 100 km² and only the municipality of Naples exceeds 100 km².

The population density of the metropolitan city amounted to 2,672 inhabitants/km², with 12 metropolitan municipalities exceeding 50,000 inhabitants. The list of the top 60 Italian municipalities includes three in the metropolitan City, Giugliano, Torre del Greco and Pozzuoli, while Casavatore is the first municipality in Italy for population density with 12,000 inhabitants/km², followed by Portici.

Naples, its adjoining areas and hinterland are completely welded together into one seamless urban agglomerate, both in the northern area (Giugliano, Afragola, Acerra and Nola) and in the Flegraean, Vesuvius and Stabia-Sorrento areas.

Largest municipalities

Naples urban area.
Rank City Population Area
1st Naples 959,062 117,27 8178.2 17
2nd Giugliano in Campania 118,821 94.19 1261.5 97
3rd Torre del Greco 87,575 30.66 2856.3 43
4th Pozzuoli 83,412 43.21 1930.4 28
5th Casoria 79,542 12.03 6612 60
6th Castellammare di Stabia 64,553 17.71 3645 6
7th Afragola 63,935 17.99 3553.9 43
8th Acerra 59,483 54.08 1099.9 26
9th Marano di Napoli 59,470 15.45 3849.2 151
10th Ercolano 54,707 19.64 2785.5 44
11th Portici 53,888 4.12 13079.6 29

Metropolitan Council

The new Metro municipalities, giving large urban areas the administrative powers of a province, are conceived for improving the performance of local administrations and to slash local spending by better coordinating the municipalities in providing basic services (including transport, school and social programs) and environment protection.[5] In this policy framework, the Mayor of Naples is designated to exercise the functions of Metropolitan mayor, presieding over a Metropolitan Council formed by 24 mayors of municipalities within the Metro municipality.

The first Metropolitan Council of the City was elected on 28 September 2014.


  1. codes of metropolitan cities from January 2015 -
  2. Craveri, Pietro (February 17, 2015). "Città metropolitana, lo statuto è di là da venire". Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  4. The metropolitan city is an historic challenge (page 16)
  5. Vittorio Ferri (2009). "Metropolitan cities in Italy. An institution of federalism" (PDF). University of Milan-Bicocca. Retrieved 23 May 2011.
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