Latina (Italian pronunciation: [laˈtiːna] (listen)) is the capital of the province of Latina in the Lazio region, in central Italy. As of 2011[update], the city has 115,895 inhabitants and is thus the second-largest city of the region, after the national capital Rome. It was founded in 1932 under the fascist administration, as Littoria, when the area surrounding it, which had been a swamp since antiquity, was drained.
|Comune di Latina|
Panorama of Latina
|• Mayor||Damiano Coletta|
|• Total||277.62 km2 (107.19 sq mi)|
|Elevation||21 m (69 ft)|
|• Density||460/km2 (1,200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
04100, 04010, 04013
|Patron saint||Saint Maria Goretti and St. Mark|
|Saint day||April 25|
Latina was founded by Benito Mussolini on 30 June 1932 as Littoria, named for the fascio littorio. The city was inaugurated on 18 December of the same year. Littoria was populated with settlers coming mainly from Friuli and Veneto, who formed the so-called Venetian-Pontine community (today surviving only in some peripheral boroughs). The edifices and the monuments, mainly in rationalist style, were designed by famous architects and artists such as Marcello Piacentini, Angiolo Mazzoni and Duilio Cambellotti.
In 1934 it became a provincial capital and, after World War II, renamed Latina in 1946. With the arrival of other people mostly from Lazio itself, the original Venetian-like dialect was increasingly substituted by a form of Romanesco dialect.
The city coat of arms is a blue shield with a stylized drawing of the City Hall Clock Tower in the middle, standing on a field of green, and flanked by two stalks of wheat tied at the base with a red ribbon engraved with the motto "LATINA OLIM PALUS" ("Latina, once a swamp") in Latin. The shield is surmounted by a mural crown.
The city has some pharmaceutical, chemical industry, cheese production and has a strong service sector. Latina is also an important centre for agriculture (vegetables, flowers, sugar, fruit, cheese and derivates).
The former Latina nuclear power plant has been shut down and is currently undergoing decommissioning.
The frazioni of Latina are: Latina Lido, Latina Scalo, Borgo Bainsizza, Borgo Carso, Borgo Faiti, Borgo Grappa, Borgo Isonzo, Borgo Montello, Borgo Piave, Borgo Podgora, Borgo Sabotino, Borgo Santa Maria, Borgo San Michele, Chiesuola, and Tor Tre Ponti.
Latina is located in the Province of Latina, part of the southern section of the region of Lazio. The city is about 62 kilometres (39 miles) south of Rome The municipality borders on Aprilia, Cisterna di Latina, Nettuno, Pontinia, Sabaudia, Sermoneta and Sezze.
|Climate data for Latina|
|Average high °C (°F)||11.1
|Average low °C (°F)||2.8
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||81.3
In popular cultureEdit
- Manuela Arcuri, actress
- Tiziano Ferro, pop singer
- Antonio Pennacchi, writer
- Karin Proia, actress
- Ilaria Spada, actress
- Sara Zanier, actress, model
- Elena Santarelli, actress, model, TV presenter
- Debora Salvalaggio, actress, model, showgirl
- Eugenio Cappuccio, film director
- Mattia Perin, football goalkeeper
- it:Calcutta (cantante), Edoardo d'Erme, musician, composer
Twin towns / Sister citiesEdit
Latina is twinned with:
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- "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
- Historical weather for Latina, Italy
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