Milan again voted Italy’s “smartest” city

ICity Lab 2017 rates Milan top of 106 provincial capitals.

For the fourth consecutive year, specialised think-tank ICity has crowned Milan as Italy’s “smartest” city in terms of social innovation, sustainable mobility, digital transformation and new forms of work and production.

The result was presented this week during ICity Lab, the annual congress hosting discussions and workshops on digitalisation, civic participation in urban planning, smart mobility, environmental services and many more aspects of innovative local government.

Followed by Bologna and Florence, Milan won top grades for its dynamic economy and ability to find new solutions for decision-making and city services.  But the city’s lead over its competitors was shortened by poor ranking for use of its territory (in 97th place) and quality of air (98th).

Overall, the top ranking 10 cities were Milan with 599.1 points, Bologna (597.4), Florence (571.1), Venice (553.3), Trento (545.8), Bergamo (538.1), Turin (532.9), Ravenna (517.6), Parma (513.9) and Modena (513.3).

Points were awarded in 15 urban sectors, covering poverty, schooling, air and water, energy, economic growth, employment, tourism and culture, research and innovation, digital transformation and transparency, sustainable mobility, waste management, public green areas, territory, legality and security, and governance.

Significantly, the divide between northern and southern cities was deep. Rome ranked only 17th, while in the Mezzogiorno Cagliari was the first city to appear in the list, at 47th place. Trapani ranked lowest of all 106 cities analysed.