Milan again voted Italy’s smartest city

Milan the most inclusive and liveable city in Italy.

For the fifth year running, Milan has claimed first place among Italian cities as the most responsive to its residents’ needs, as iCity Rate 2018 results are published.

The annual survey by Forum PA observatory on public administration reports a model which other cities strain to imitate, with an excellent performance supported by economic stability, research and innovation, and a cultural model attractive for visitors.

However, Milan scores decisively less well in other fields, in particular in the environment. The city comes in at a disappointing 76th lace for use of the territory, and 96th for quality of the atmosphere and water.

FPA’s ratings cover 107 indicators grouped into 15 categories: employment, research and innovation, economic stability, digital transformation, energy, civic participation, social inclusiveness, education, touristic-cultural attractiveness, refuse disposal, security and legality, sustainable mobility, urban greenery, territory, water and atmosphere.

Of these, 91 indicators were also used in preceding editions, with 81 of them brought up to date. Another 16 are new this year, while 22 were dropped as obsolete.

The indicators trace how Italian cities are becoming more “smart” – closer to the needs of their residents, more inclusive, more liveable.

Milan was followed by Florence at a 20-point distance, with Bologna, Trento, Bergamo, Torino, Venezia, Parma, Pisa and Reggio Emilia following.  Rome comes in at 15th place, up two places from last year. 107 is coincidentally also the number of cities rated.

The north-south divide is clearly reflected in the ratings. The first 21 cities in the lead are all from the centre-north, while the 21 trailing at the end of the list are all from the south or from the major islands. The cities showing the greatest leap forward since iCityRate 2017 are Pordenone, Cremona, Udine, Treviso, Biella, Lodi e Belluno.

Detailed results are available in the “ICity Rate 2018 - La classifica delle città intelligenti italiane, settima edizione”, published by FPA.