Rome to reduce number of municipi

The city government has voted to reduce the capital’s municipi (or administrative and political areas) from the current 19 down to 15. The change will take place within 30 days.

Four municipi will be merged into neighbouring areas: I Municipio (historic centre) will be expanded to include XVII (Prati); Municipio II (Salaria-Parioli) will merge with III (S. Lorenzo); VI (Tiburtino, Prenestino Labicano, Tuscolano, Collatino) with VII (which already incorporates some of the same districts as VI with the addition of Centocelle, Alessandrino, Don Bosco); IX (Prenestino Labicano, Tuscolano, Appio Latino) with X (Tuscolano, Don Bosco, Appio Claudio, Appio Pignatelli).

Rome's mayor Gianni Alemanno, who is up for election in May, said the move will decrease costs and red tape, leading to "stronger and more credible" municipi. To see the current map of the capital's municipi check the city website.

The city's assembly approved the changes to the political and administrative map of the city with 32 votes in favour, four against and four abstentions, as part of a new statute that was recently voted in with almost unanimous approval.

In addition to the reduction of municipi, the principal points of the statute include reducing the number of city councillors from 60 to 48; insuring that women constitute at least one third of the assembly; strengthening relations with the Vatican City in the organisation of major events; formalising two dates on the city calendar: 21 April as "Rome's birthday", and 16 October designated to the "rejection of any form of violence".