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Comuni

A comune is largely equivalent to a Borough Council in the UK and is where information concerning education, planning permission, buildings inspection, refuse collection, the civil register (births, marriages, deaths, and residential status) and general municipal functions is acted on and stored.

A comune is typically located in a building called either a Municipio or Palazzo Comunale - a Town Hall in the UK.

Most of these comuni are based in (and are named after) towns or cities which became self-administrative during the Middle Ages. As a result, they are not evenly distributed in either population or area. For example the smallest comune has a population of well under 100 whereas the largest (Roma) has a population of several million.

This inequality in size or population causes many headaches to the general government of Italy but traditions die hard and slowly and there is considerable resistance to any plans to 'rationalise' the comuni system.

The comune is a key link in the government chain in Italy and there are over 8,000 of them throughout the peninsula; Umbria alone has nearly 100 comuni.

The city, town or village in which the comune is based and which the comune is named after is also known as the capoluogo (regional centre). The other villages or towns included in the area administered by the comune are called frazioni (fractions) even if they are more highly-populated than the capoluogo itself. Some of the frazioni were former comuni themselves which have now been absorbed.

A more rural area might even be too small to be considered a frazione and is thus known as a localita (locality).

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The following is a list of the comuni in Umbria. They all belong to either the province of Perugia or the province of Terni.

Acquasparta
Allerona
Alviano
Amelia
Arrone
Assisi
Attigliano
Avigliano Umbro
Baschi
Bastia Umbra
Bettona
Bevagna
Calvi dell'Umbria
Campello sul Clitunno
Cannara
Cascia
Castel Giorgio
Castel Ritaldi
Castel Viscardo
Castiglione del Lago
Cerreto di Spoleto
Citerna
Citta della Pieve
Citta di Castello
Collazzone
Corciano
Costacciaro
Deruta
Fabro
Ferentillo
Ficulle
Foligno
Fossato di Vico
Fratta Todina
Giano dell'Umbria
Giove
Gualdo Cattaneo
Gualdo Tadino
Guardea
Gubbio
Lisciano Niccone
Lugnano in Teverina
Magione
Marsciano
Massa Martana
Monte Castello di Vibio
Monte Santa Maria Tiberina
Montecastrilli
Montecchio
Montefalco
Montefranco
Montegabbione
Monteleone d'Orvieto
Monteleone di Spoleto
Montone
Narni
Nocera Umbra
Norcia
Orvieto
Otricoli
Paciano
Panicale
Parrano
Passignano sul Trasimeno
Penna in Teverina
Perugia
Piegaro
Pietralunga
Poggiodomo
Polino
Porano
Preci
San Gemini
San Giustino
San Venanzo
Sant Anatolia di Narco
Scheggia e Pascelupo
Scheggino
Sellano
Sigillo
Spello
Spoleto
Stroncone
Terni
Todi
Torgiano
Trevi
Tuoro sul Trasimeno
Umbertide
Valfabbrica
Vallo di Nera
Valtopina

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