Latina, Italy


Latina, Italy

Infobox CityIT
img_coa = Latina-Stemma.png official_name = Comune di Latina
region = Lazio
province = Latina (LT)
elevation_m = 21
area_total_km2 = 277
population_as_of = October, 2007
population_total = 115.426
population_density_km2 = 415,5
timezone = CET, UTC+1
coordinates = coord|41|28|N|12|54|E
frazioni = See list
telephone = 0773
postalcode = 04100, 04010, 04013
gentilic = Latinensi
saint = Saint Maria Goretti and St. Mark
day = April 25
mayor = Vincenzo Zaccheo (since May 2002)
website = [http://www.comune.latina.it/ www.comune.latina.it ]

Latina is the capital of the province of Latina in the Lazio region, in central Italy. The city has about 115.426 inhabitants and is thus the second largest city of the region. It was founded in 1932 under the name Littoria when the area surrounding it, which had been a swamp since Antiquity, was drained.

Geography

The municipality borders on Aprilia, Cisterna di Latina, Nettuno, Pontinia, Sabaudia, Sermoneta and Sezze.

History

Latina was founded on June 30, 1932, with the Fascist name of Littoria. The city was inaugurated on December 18 of the same year. Littoria was populated with settlers coming mainly from Friuli and Veneto, who formed the so-called Venetian-Pontine community (today surviving only in some peripherical boroughs). The edifices and the monuments, mainly in neo-classical style, were designed by famous architects and artists such as Marcello Piacentini, Angiolo Mazzoni and Duilio Cambellotti.

In 1934 it became a provincial capital and, after World War II, renamed Latina in 1946. With the arrival of other people mostly from Lazio itself, the original Venetian-like dialect was increasingly substituted by a form of Romanesco dialect.

Famous people born in Latina

* Manuela Arcuri, actress
* Tiziano Ferro, pop singer
* Antonio Pennacchi, writer
* Karin Proia, actress
* Elena Santarelli, actress and model

Economy

The city has some pharmaceutical, chemical industry, cheese production and has a strong service sector. Latina is also an important centre for agriculture (vegetables, flowers, sugar, fruit, cheese and derivates).

The former Latina nuclear-power station is now closed.

Fractions

Latina Scalo, Latina Lido, Borgo Sabotino, Borgo Santa Maria, Borgo Bainsizza, Borgo Montello, Borgo Podgora, Borgo Piave, Borgo Carso, Chiesuola, Tor Tre Ponti, Borgo Faiti, Borgo San Michele, Borgo Grappa, Borgo Isonzo.

External links

* [http://www.comune.latina.it/ Official homepage of the municipality]


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