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Quality of life in Italy improved in 2013, poll says

Trento most livable city, Crotone least

30 December, 12:08
Quality of life in Italy improved in 2013, poll says (ANSA) - Rome, December 30 - Though Italy is still struggling to get out of its longest recession in over two decades, the quality of life has improved in 59 Italian cities out of a total of 110 polled by Rome's Sapienza University in a survey carried out on behalf of magazine Italia Oggi Sette released on Monday. The survey however showed quality of life improved in northern and central Italy but not in the south and the islands.

The city of Trento in the northern region of Trentino-Alto Adige topped the ranking on quality of life, followed by Bolzano, also in the north. The top 10 cities included Aosta, Cuneo, Belluno, Pordenone, Verona, Treviso and Parma in the north and Siena in central Italy.

Crotone in the southern Calabria region ranked at the bottom of the poll, preceded by Enna in Sicily, and Vibo Valentia in Calabria.

Naples in the Campania region also ranked among the last.

The survey based its findings on nine factors in the categories of business and work, environment, crime, social and personal problems, free time, population, financial and educational services, healthcare and standard of living.

Overall, an inadequate standard of living was recorded only in southern cities, with a significant number of areas ''lacking any sort of improvement'' over the past year, the survey found.

The quality of life also declined in a number of major cities except for Milan, which ranked 37th.

(photo: Trento)