The elected heads of Florence and Verona are the best loved in all of Italy. Confirming the 2010 results of the annual Monitor Città (see ‘FiRenzi most loved!' in TF 128), conducted by the Fullresearch Institute, which measures Italian citizens' satisfaction with mayors' performance, Florence mayor Matteo Renzi was again named Italy's most-loved mayor with 68.1 percent.
Renzi, however, will have to share the podium with the mayor of Verona, Flavio Tosi, who also received 68.1 percent in citizen-satisfaction votes this year.
Runners up were Turin's mayor, Sergio Chiamparino, who moved up to second place in the ranking with 65.9 percent; the mayor of Sassari, Gianfranco Ganau, followed, clinching third place, with a 65 percent citizen satisfaction rate. Other mayors who made the top 10 include rising stars from the South, the mayors of Bari and Salerno, Michele Emiliano and Vincenzo De Luca respectively, who significantly moved up in the latest ranking.
Meanwhile Rome's Gianni Alemanno slipped from third place in 2010 to 19th place, with a rate of 59.1 percent. According to the 2011 survey, 42 Italian mayors surpassed the 55 percent satisfaction rate: 27 from the centre-left and 15 from the centre-right; 19 in the north; nine in central Italy; and 14 in the south.
Also measuring citizens' satisfaction with the quality of life and overall satisfaction with city services, the survey revealed that Bolzano has the best services in Italy, with a rate of 76.3 percent citizen satisfaction; followed by Trento (71.5 percent) and Belluno (66.1 percent) in second and third places, respectively. Except for the Tuscan city of Siena, the first 20 spots in the ranking were claimed by cities in Italy's richer, more industrialized North.