A località is an inhabited place in Italy that is not accorded a more significant distinction in administrative law such as a frazione, comune, municipio, circoscrizione, or quartiere. The word is cognate to English locality. The Italian National Institute of Statistics defines località abitata (inhabited locality) as an "area of more or less size, normally known by its own name, on which are situated either grouped or scattered houses."

Three types of inhabited locality are distinguished:

  • centro abitato – a group of houses with roads, squares or other small gaps between them, and public services or establishments where residents congregate for religious, educational or business purposes or for obtaining provisions
  • nucleo abitato – a group of houses with at least five households, but without the type of place where residents gather, as in a centro abitato
  • case sparse – houses spread over the countryside or along roads with such a distance between them that they do not form a residential nucleus[1]

Most comuni have several località, occasionally several dozens, while some have none. The subdivision is optional. In practice, most località are small habitations, hamlets, and occasionally a mere clump of houses.

See also


  1. ^ "Population: Territory and urbanisation process" (PDF). "Popolazione: Territorio e processi di inurbamento" (PDF). L'archivio della statistica italiana. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
Boffalora sopra Ticino

Boffalora sopra Ticino (Milanese: Boffalòra [bufaˈlɔra]) is a comune (municipality) in the Metropolitan City of Milan in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 25 kilometres (16 mi) west of Milan. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 4,313 and an area of 7.5 square kilometres (2.9 sq mi).The municipality of Boffalora sopra Ticino contains the frazioni (subdivisions, mainly villages and hamlets) Pontenuovo di Boffalora and Località Magnana.

Boffalora sopra Ticino borders the following municipalities: Marcallo con Casone, Bernate Ticino, Magenta, Trecate, Cerano.


Contrada (plural: contrade) is a generic name given to various types of Italian city subdivisions, now unofficial. Depending on the case, a contrada will be a località, a rione, a quartiere (terziere, etc.), a borgo, or even a suburb.

The best-known contrade are the 17 Contrade of Siena, since they form the teams in the Palio di Siena, the palio most widely viewed by foreign visitors.

In most of Lombardy, a contrada is only a street, but with historical and social importance.

In some parts of Sicily contrada is a subdivision of a Comune, also administrative. In other parts, as in Lombardy, it may simply be a notable street.

In Veneto, particularly near the Alpine foothills, contrà indicates a smaller hamlet in a rural area (a group of houses usually smaller than a frazione); a synonym is colmel (Ital. colmello); in some municipalities, mostly populated contrae are administered as neighbourhoods (Ital. quartieri; e.g. in Bassano del Grappa, historical contrae Campese, Sant'Eusebio, Valrovina, San Michele and Marchesane have each a neighbourhood council); in Noale, contrae are the seven subdivision that compete in the local Palio.

In Vicenza, a contrà used to be a neighbourhood in the town centre, but now it replaces the noun via (street) in the old town.

In Venice, each sestiere was subdivided in contrade.In Mantua contrada indicates a street in the old town

In Florence a contrada is a street of secondary importance (it is not used officially, though)

In the Marches and in the Republic of San Marino contrada indicates a street within an inhabited area (e.g. contrada del Collegio and contrada Omerelli in City of San Marino)

Francavilla Angitola

Francavilla Angitola is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Vibo Valentia in the Italian region Calabria, located about 30 kilometres (19 mi) southwest of Catanzaro and about 20 kilometres (12 mi) northeast of Vibo Valentia. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 2,093 and an area of 28.3 square kilometres (10.9 sq mi).Francavilla Angitola borders the following municipalities: Curinga, Filadelfia, Maierato, Pizzo, Polia.

In the località of Ponte Angitola, in the comune, is the Roman settlement and river crossing named Ad Fluvium Angitulam or Annicia.


"Frazione" (Italian pronunciation: [fratˈtsjoːne]; pl. frazioni [fratˈtsjoːni]) is the Italian name given in administrative law to a type of territorial subdivision of a comune; for other administrative divisions, see municipio, circoscrizione, quartiere. It is cognate to the English word fraction, but in practice is roughly equivalent to "parishes" or "wards" in other countries.

Grilli, Gavorrano

Grilli is a village in Tuscany, central Italy, administratively a frazione of the comune of Gavorrano, province of Grosseto. At the time of the 2001 census its population amounted to 268.Grilli is about 25 km from Grosseto and 10 km from Gavorrano, and it is situated in a plain between the hills of Giuncarico, Caldana and Vetulonia. The village was born in the 19th century as an industrial centre related to the mines of Gavorrano.

Hybla Heraea

Hybla Heraea or Hybla Hera (Greek: Ὕβλα Ἡραία or Ὕβλα Ἥρα) was an ancient city of Sicily; its site is at the modern località of Ibla, in the comune of Ragusa. There were at least three (and possibly as many as five) cities named "Hybla" in ancient accounts of Sicily which are often confounded with each other, and which it is sometimes very difficult to distinguish.


The Isuledda (Sardinian for Little Island), also called Isola dei Gabbiani (Italian for Island of Seagulls), is an almost-island in northern Sardinia, Italy, facing the Sardinian channel. Covering an area of approximately 180,000 m², it is almost completely surrounded by the sea, and connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus of sandy terrain, hence, despite the name, it is in fact a peninsula. It is situated close to the località of Porto Pollo and Barrabisa.

The name "Isola dei Gabbiani" comes from the name of the camping that occupied the whole surface up to 2008. The area is administered by the comune of Palau. Due to its windy climate, it is a common destination for windsurfers and kitesurfers. The place is particularly favorable to the practice of these sports thanks to the optimal exposition to winds from north-west, which are dominant in the Mediterranean Sea (especially mistral).

Masciago Primo

Masciago Primo is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Varese in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 60 km northwest of Milan and about 12 km northwest of Varese. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 289 and an area of 1.9 km².The municipality of Masciago Primo contains the frazioni (subdivisions, mainly villages and hamlets) Località Mondada and Località Muniscione.

Masciago Primo borders the following municipalities: Bedero Valcuvia, Cunardo, Ferrera di Varese, Rancio Valcuvia.


Montebamboli is a hamlet and località in the comune of Massa Marittima, Tuscany, Italy. The settlement was first mentioned in a parchment from the year 754, and it is located in the hills of what is now the centre of Massa Marittima, within the Parco interprovinciale di Montioni. The hamlet is one of the few still preserved in its original state in the area, containing about twenty farms and a complex centred on the historic Petrocchi farm dating to the early 19th century, which still has its old wine cellar and olive press. There is a church dedicated to St. Francis and St. Louis, dating to the late 18th century.

On a hill near the village are the ruins of Tricase Castle, consisting of the perimeter wall and some interior walls. In addition to the cited document dated 754, the castle is mentioned in a document dating from 1316, which lists it as a property of the Sienese noble family of Sergardi.Montebamboli is also known for its high-quality lignite coal, located along the river Riotorto. Lignite was mined in the area by various companies between the discovery of deposits in 1839 and 1921. The extracted lignite was transported to the sea at a place near Torre Mozza (today the village of La Carbonifera), by a dedicated 22 km (14 mi) railway completed in 1849.A number of fossil species have been discovered in the lignite beds around Montebamboli, including the first fossils of the hominid species Oreopithecus bambolii, and the unusual waterfowl species Bambolinetta lignitifila, both of these species named after the settlement.

Neapolis (Sardinia)

Neapolis (Greek: Νεάπολις; Sardinian: Nabui) meaning "New City", was an ancient city of Sardinia, and apparently one of the most considerable places on that island. It was situated on the west coast, at the southern extremity of the Gulf of Oristano, at the present-day località of Santa Maria di Nabui, in the comune of Guspini, Province of Medio Campidano.

The Itineraries place Neapolis 60 miles from Sulci (in modern Sant'Antioco), and 18 from Othoca (modern Santa Giusta near Oristano). (Itin. Ant. p. 84.) The name would clearly seem to point to a Greek origin, but we have no account of its foundation or history. It is noticed by Pliny as one of the most important towns in Sardinia; and its name is found also in Ptolemy and the Itineraries. (Plin. iii. 7. s. 13; Ptol. iii. 3. § 2; Itin. Ant. l. c.; Tab. Peut.; Geogr. Rav. v. 26.) Its ruins are still visible at the mouth of the river Pabillonis, where that stream forms a great estuary or lagoon, called the Stagno di Marceddi, and present considerable remains of ancient buildings as well as the vestiges of a Roman road and aqueduct. The spot is marked by an ancient church called Santa Maria di Nabui. (De la Marmora, Voy. en Sardaigne, vol. ii. p. 357.)

The Aquae Neapolitanae mentioned by Ptolemy as well as in the Itinerary, which places them at a considerable distance inland, on the road from Othoca to Caralis (modern Cagliari), are certainly the mineral sources now known as the Bagni di Sardara, on the high road from Cagliari to Oristano. (Itin. Ant. p. 82; Ptol. iii. 3. § 7; Geogr. Rav. v. 26; De la Marmora, l. c. p. 406.)


Netum or Neetum (Greek: Νέητον), was a considerable ancient town in the south of Sicily, near the sources of the little river Asinarus (modern Falconara), and about 34 km southwest of Syracuse. Its current site is at the località of Noto Antica (formerly Noto Vecchio), in the modern comune of Noto.


Pocol is a village and ski resort in the Veneto region of northeast Italy. The village is a località of the comune of Cortina d'Ampezzo, in the province of Belluno.


Pontelatone is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Caserta in the Italian region Campania, located about 40 kilometres (25 mi) north of Naples and about 15 kilometres (9 mi) northwest of Caserta. The località Treglia (also spelled Tregghia), within the Pontelatone communal territory, is the site of ancient city of Trebula.

Pontelatone borders the following municipalities: Bellona, Camigliano, Capua, Castel di Sasso, Formicola, Liberi, Roccaromana.


Salgareda is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Treviso in the Italian region Veneto, located about 30 kilometres (19 mi) northeast of Venice and about 20 kilometres (12 mi) east of Treviso. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 6,102 and an area of 27.2 square kilometres (10.5 sq mi).The municipality of Salgareda contains the frazioni (subdivisions, mainly villages and hamlets) Campodipietra, Campobernardo, and Arzeri e Candolè (solo località riconosciute).

Salgareda borders the following municipalities: Cessalto, Chiarano, Noventa di Piave, San Biagio di Callalta, San Donà di Piave, Ponte di Piave, Zenson di Piave.

San Miniato

San Miniato is a town and comune in the province of Pisa, in the region of Tuscany, Italy.

San Miniato sits at an historically strategic location atop three small hills where it dominates the lower Arno valley, between the valleys of Egola and Elsa rivers. It used to carry the additional sobriquet al Tedesco ("to the German") to distinguish it from the convent of San Miniato al Monte in Florence, which is about 40 kilometres (25 mi) to the northeast.

Tarot Garden

The Tarot Garden (Italian: Il Giardino dei Tarocchi) is a sculpture garden based on the esoteric tarot, created by the French artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930–2002) in Pescia Fiorentina, località Garavicchio, in the municipality of Capalbio, province of Grosseto, Tuscany, Italy. The park was opened to the public in 1998.

Niki de Saint Phalle, inspired by Antoni Gaudí´s Parc Güell in Barcelona, and Parco dei Mostri in Bomarzo, as well as Palais Idéal by Ferdinand Cheval, and Watts Towers by Simon Rodia, decided to make something similar in design for her monumental sculpture park based on the Tarot. In 1979, she acquired some land on top of an Etruscan ruin in Garavicchio, Tuscany, about 100 km north-west of Rome along the coast. There she built the Giardino dei Tarocchi, containing twenty-two monumental figures representing her idea of the greater Mysteries of the tarot, constructed of reinforced concrete and covered with mirrors and ceramic mosaic. The figures can be walked through; the artist lived inside the sphinx-like Empress for several months during the construction of the garden.

Teulada, Sardinia

Teulada (Latin: Tegula) is a comune (municipality) in the Province of South Sardinia in the Italian region Sardinia, located about 40 kilometres (25 mi) southwest of Cagliari.

The località of Sant'Isidoro di Teulada is one of the possible sites of the ancient Roman city of Bithia (also called Biotha and Biora).The Battle of Cape Spartivento was a short World War Two naval battle on 27 November 1940 when HMS Newcastle and three other British cruisers engaged and exchanged fire with a number of ships of the Italian navy.


Vigonza is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Padua in the Italian region Veneto, located about 25 kilometres (16 mi) west of Venice and about 10 kilometres (6 mi) northeast of Padua. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 20,421 and an area of 33.3 square kilometres (12.9 sq mi).The municipality of Vigonza contains the frazioni (subdivisions, mainly villages and hamlets) Busa, Codiverno, Peraga, Perarolo, Pionca, San Vito. Località: Codivernarolo, Battana Prati, Capriccio, Luganega, Barbariga, Carpane, Bagnoli, and Santa Maria.

Vigonza borders the following municipalities: Cadoneghe, Campodarsego, Fiesso d'Artico, Noventa Padovana, Padua, Pianiga, Stra, Villanova di Camposampiero.


Villadose (Venetian: Viładóxe) is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Rovigo in the Italian region Veneto, located about 50 kilometres (31 mi) southwest of Venice and about 8 kilometres (5 mi) east of Rovigo. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 5,303 and an area of 32.5 square kilometres (12.5 sq mi).The municipality of Villadose contains the località (villages and hamlets) Cambio, Canale di Villadose, and Ca' Tron.

Villadose borders the following municipalities: Adria, Ceregnano, Rovigo, San Martino di Venezze.

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