Italy Location Categories

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How to use Italian Geographic Categories

  • Add geographic categories for any life event: birth, marriage, death, the family's residence, other places where a person physically was.
  • Categories for towns and municipalities are added in Italian language (use Wikipedia and change the language to Italian on the left side, if not sure how it is spelled in Italian). The categories of regions and provinces are available in both Italian and English. They mirror each other with the aka-template.
  • You should add the name of a town in the location fields for birth, marriage and death, how it was used then and there by local residents. See Italy Project Location Field Guidelines. For example, add "Borgo Poncarale, Poncarale, Brescia, Lombardy, Lombardo-Veneto Kingdom" in the birth location. However, for location categories, always add the category of today's name of a town. For example, add Category:Poncarale, Brescia as category.
  • Always select the narrowest applicable category. That is, choose the most-specific, lowest-level category you can find. For example, put a profile in Category:San Pietro a Maida, Catanzaro rather than Category:Province_of_Catanzaro.
  • You may add the category of a province or of a region, if no further detail is known. You can replace this category later, if you find a detailed location for this profile.
  • If you can't find the category in the profile edit mode, you may want to browse the Category:Regions_of_Italy.
  • Migration categories are set up in English, with the today's name of the region. The lowest migration categories in WikiTree are "Migrants from Region to Region", for example Category: Migrants from Calabria to New York. Always use the lowest available category.
  • If you are not confident in creating categories, please send a request to the Team Leader of Italy Project Location Categories and we will be happy to create the category. Please include one person profile that needs the new category.

How to create Italian Geographic Categories

Italy's regional structure is maintained in both English and Italian languages via the Aka template. The categories for towns/municipality however are created in Italian language. We use Italian Wikipedia as reference for the political structure and for the name of the municipality (Italian: comune).


Italy is divided into twenty different regions. They are outlined in the Regions table. See also the Category:Regions_of_Italy

Each region is further divided into provinces which are composed of many municipalities (Italian: comuni), with the exception of Aosta Valley which has no separate provinces.

Category Mapping

[[Category:Italy]]<--Top Level category, no profiles
[[Category:Regions of Italy]]<--Top Level category, no profiles
[[Category:Region, Italy]]<--Mid Level category, may contain profiles if province or town is not known
[[Category:Province of XXXX]]<-- Mid Level category, may contain profiles if town is not known
[[Category:Town/Comune, Province]] <---Landing level category for profiles

Categories for Towns/Comuni

When creating a town/comune category for the Italy Project, it is important to have the town name first followed by the province the town is located in. For example, a town in Calabria would have the following category:

Example:[[Category:San Pietro a Maida, Catanzaro]]

That formatting is what the people of Italy use to send mail. It is similar to how the states of the United States of America are designated with "Town, State" being the preferred vernacular.

Once that category has been made, it must be placed in the greater regional category. In this case, San Pietro a Maida, Catanzaro fits into the Province of Catanzaro category and that Category fits into the greater Calabria category.

Categories exceptions

The political structure in Italy has several exceptions when it's coming to provinces. Such as the autonomous region Friuli-Venezia Giulia, which has "ente di decentramento regionale EDR" instead of provinces. Same goes for the autonomous region Sicily, which has "libero consorzio comunale" instead of provinces. For those we keep the old categories, eg. we keep the old category Category:Province of Agrigento instead of creating a new Category "Libero consorzio comunale di Agrigento".

Then there are many municipalities that have the name of the same-named province, such as Category:Campobasso, Campobasso. This is not really an exception, but don't be confused by it.

And finally there are the Metropolitan Cities that both qualify as city and as province. Previously they were provinces and got renamed to Metropolitan Cities between 2015 and 2021. There are 15 Metropolitan Cities, for a list see below.

Example for a comune in an EDR: Category:Arba, Pordenone
Example for a comune in a Libero consorzio comunale: Category:Menfi, Agrigento
Example for a comune in an autonomous province: Category:Bolzano, Bolzano - Alto Adige
Example for a comune in a Metropolitan City: Category:Napoli, Napoli
Example for a comune in a province with the same name: Category:Agrigento, Agrigento
Metropolitan Cities

Categories for Frazioni

The normal landing level for profiles should be the town or comune category, see Category Mapping. So frazioni of comune usually wouldn't get their own category. There can be exceptions, if a WikiTree member would like to add many profiles to a frazione of a comune, or if there is a One Place Study for a frazione.

When creating a frazione category for the Italy Project, it is also the frazione name first followed by the province the frazione is located in.

Example:[[Category:Pascelupo, Perugia]]

It is important to add links from the frazione category to the comune category and from the comune category to all existing frazioni categories. This should be done in a short sentence below the category template.

Example for a frazione: Category:Pascelupo, Perugia
Example for a comune with frazioni: Category:Scheggia_e_Pascelupo, Perugia

Categories for Merged Towns

Similar as the frazioni, we only add categories for the "before" town/comune, if there are going to be many profiles in this category. For example, if a member is doing a One Place Study. For only few profiles, add them to the "today" town/comune category.

When using before/after categories, an explanation must be added in the text below the CategoryInfoBox.

Example for a "today" category, those lines are added after the "team" line:

|succ1text= Timeline
|succ1prev1= Nicastro, Catanzaro
|succ1prev2= Sant'Eufemia Lamezia, Catanzaro
|succ1prev3= Sambiase, Catanzaro
|startdate =1968
|enddate = Present
The town and comune Lamezia Terme was built in 1968 out of the former municipalities Nicastro, Sambiase and Sant'Eufemia Lamezia.

Example for a "before" category, those lines are added after the "team" line of the "category content" above:

|succ1text= Timeline
|succ1next= Lamezia Terme, Catanzaro
|startdate =
|enddate = 1968
Nicastro was a comune until 1968. Since then, together with Sambiase and Sant'Eufemia Lamezia, it builds the city of Lamezia Terme.

Category Content

The following information is required:

  • parent: add the name of the English Province category (see Category Mapping and see Italian Wikipedia for political structure)
  • parent 1: add the name of the Italian Province category
  • project: always add "Italy"
  • image: always add "European_Flags-50.png"
  • coordinates: only use decimal numers, eg. 38.85,16.35 not 38°50′50″N 16°20′30″E
  • wikidataID: copy the ID from the Wikipedia page of the municipality (on the left side is "Wikidata item" or in Italian "Elemento Wikidata", click on that and copy the ID from the URL or from the title)
  • profiles: always add "yes"
  • spacepage: always add the title of the region spage page, see Regions of Italy table
  • team: always add the title of the regions team page, see Regions of Italy - Teams
  • text below the template box: add 1-3 sentences about the comune, such as which province or region the comune belongs to, how big the territory or population is. Important information is a name change or a merge of several municipalities to one. Useful information are the frazioni of a comune. A link to the Wikipedia page is not necessary, as the Wikidata ID will do this.

The following information is voluntary:

  • webpage: add the URL of the official website of the municipality
  • webpagetext: if you wish, add the displayed text for the URL above


{{CategoryInfoBox Location
|parent= Province_of_Catanzaro
|parent1= Provincia di Catanzaro
|project= Italy
|image= European_Flags-50.png
|coordinate= 38.85,16.35
|wikidataID= Q53689
|webpage= http://sanpietroamaida.asmenet.it/
|profiles= yes
|spacepage= Calabria Region
|team= Italy Southern Regions
San Pietro a Maida is a town and commune situated in the province of Catanzaro. The town is bordered by Curinga, Jacurso, Lamezia Terme and Maida.

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