It can be seen as a true testimony to Renzi’s term as mayor of Florence, that he has created a city with such quality of life even his wife Agnese finds it hard to leave.
“For the moment no; I have a family which I must put first,” she told Italian television when quizzed about following her husband to Rome.
Leader of the Democratic Party (PD), Matteo Renzi, was on Monday nominated by President Giorgio Napolitano to take over the premiership from Enrico Lettta who resigned last week.
While he readies himself to move to Rome, Agnese Renzi and the couple’s three children will stay in the Tuscan capital where her husband has been mayor since 2009.
Under his watch the city has continued to thrive, with a greater emphasis on making the most of Florence’s world-renowned cultural heritage, coupled with modernization projects such as greater recycling and a push for innovation.
According to the annual quality of life index by Il Sole 24 Ore, Florence comes in at an impressive seventh place out of 107 Italian provinces. This tops tenth-place Milan and leaves Rome lagging behind at number 20, making a move south to the Italian capital less appealing.
While Matteo Renzi is expected to lead the country and stay away from his hometown until 2018, he could be back in Florence far sooner as prime ministers do not last long in Italy.
His predecessor was in the post for less than ten months before being ousted by his own party; before which technocrat Mario Monti survived as prime minister for 15 months.
The longest run for a post-war prime minister was between 2001 and 2006, when Silvio Berlusconi held the reins of power. His two other terms in office were however less successful, lasting just seven months in 1994 and three years between 2008 and 2011.