Cities of Northern Italy and their traditional titles

Every culture, big or small, has token names for its most famous and populated cities. Northern Italy, has such names traditionally attached to its most celebrated and distinguished urban centers. These names are open to interpretation and perhaps are not always factually supported, especially given today’s dynamically changing Europe, but they are still recognizable as trademarks of sorts.

Bologna la grassa – Bologna the rich (or fat)

Firenze la bella – Florence the beautiful

Genova la superba – Genoa the superb

Lucca l’industriosa- Lucca the busy

Mantua la gloriosa – Mantua the glorious

Milano la grande – Milan the grand

Padova la forte – Padua the strong

Pavia la dotta – Pavia the learned

Verona la degna – Verona the worthy

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