Italy's most popular city mayors
From the heel of Italy's boot to the northern economic powerhouse, Italians have been ranking their city mayors. The Local takes a look at the most popular ones in the country and how they are trying to transform their metropolises.
1. Michele Emiliano, Bari
On the heel of Italy’s boot, Bari is understandably off the tourist’s radar. Last year it ranked 97th out of 107 in a quality of life index, but citizens are still loyal to their mayor.
Emiliano rose to prominence as an anti-mafia magistrate and came to power in 2004. Despite since failing to become president of the Puglia region, the centre-left politician has held onto his city seat and last month was named regional secretary for the Democratic Party (PD).
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