Laives (Italian pronunciation: [ˈlaives]; German: Leifers [ˈlaɪ̯fɐs]) is a town and a comune (municipality) in South Tyrol in northern Italy, located about 8 kilometres (5 mi) south of the city of Bolzano. It is one of only five mainly Italian speaking municipalities in South Tyrol, and the fourth largest municipality in the province.

Comune di Laives
Gemeinde Leifers
Panorama of Laives.
Panorama of Laives.
Location of Laives
Laives is located in Italy
Location of Laives in Italy
Laives is located in Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol
Laives (Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol)
Coordinates: 46°26′N 11°20′E / 46.433°N 11.333°E / 46.433; 11.333Coordinates: 46°26′N 11°20′E / 46.433°N 11.333°E / 46.433; 11.333
RegionTrentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol
ProvinceSouth Tyrol (BZ)
FrazioniPineta (Steinmannwald), La Costa (Seit), San Giacomo (St. Jakob)
 • MayorChristian Bianchi
 • Total24.3 km2 (9.4 sq mi)
258 m (846 ft)
 (Nov. 2010)[3]
 • Total17,168
 • Density710/km2 (1,800/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Italian: Laivesotti
German: Leiferer
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0471
WebsiteOfficial website


As of November 30, 2010, it had a population of 17,168 and an area of 24.3 square kilometres (9.4 sq mi).[3]


The municipality contains four urban centers:

  • Laives (Leifers)
  • Pineta (Steinmannwald)
  • San Giacomo (St. Jakob)
  • La Costa (Seit)

Laives is the seat of the town hall, Pineta and San Giacomo are two frazioni (hamlets), while La Costa is - according to the municipal statute - a località (inhabited locality), but it is often referred to as a frazione also in the official documentation.



The emblem consists of an argent pile, with concave sides on azure and a chapel on a mountain of gules. The sign, similar to that of the Counts of Lichtenstein who lived in the castle on Mount Köfele, represents the church of Peterköfele. The emblem was adopted in 1970.[4]


Linguistic distributionEdit

According to the 2011 census, 71.50% of the population speak Italian, 27.99% German and 0.51% Ladin as first language.[5]

Language 2001[6] 2011[5]
German 29.07% 27.99%
Italian 70.42% 71.50%
Ladin 0.51% 0.51%


The carnival of Laives is one of the most important carnivals of Trentino-South Tyrol.

The city is also the headquarters of the Coro Monti Pallidi, an all-man a capella chorus founded in 1967 by Sergio Maccagnan and conducted since 2004 by Paolo Maccagnan.

Notable peopleEdit


  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ a b All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  4. ^ Heraldry of the World: Laives
  5. ^ a b "Volkszählung 2011/Censimento della popolazione 2011". astat info. Provincial Statistics Institute of the Autonomous Province of South Tyrol (38): 6–7. June 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-14.
  6. ^ Oscar Benvenuto (ed.): "South Tyrol in Figures 2008", Provincial Statistics Institute of the Autonomous Province of South Tyrol, Bozen/Bolzano 2007, p. 17, table 10

External linksEdit

  Media related to Laives at Wikimedia Commons