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The Province of Lucca - Italy

The Province of Lucca is a public body of local government ( NUTS III level), situated in North-West Tuscany, Italy. It covers 1.772,81 km sq, includes 35 Municipalities and 393,363 inhabitants.

Topographly it comprises four macro areas well-differentiated from a geographical and socio economic point of view:


  1. The Garfagnana, a vast and picturesque valley basins between the Alpi Apuane and the Appennine chain;
  2. The Media Valle: the Serchio River Valley;
  3. The Plaints of Lucca, rich in industry, farming and ancient towns; 
  4. The Versilia, a high quality seaside locality.

The provincial body has an human force of 552 employees, consisting of 491 civil servants having permanent positions, 1 with co-terminus appointments, 6 temporary employees, 15 chief executives and 7 contractual employees. The Council foresees 24 Councillors plus the President of the Province, who are elected by popular vote, whereas 7 Councellors, 1 official Spokesperson and 1 Director General are appointed by the President.

Currently there are 3 Areas of Coordination headed by 3 Area Coordinators. Each area is broken up into Services managed by Chief Executives and Offices.

For the year 2012, in order to play its general tasks, which are enumerated below, the province has a yearly budget of approximately 130 million euro.

The Province represents the local community of citizens and exercises powers and performs duties for the efficient, effective and economical local planning and governance.  Between the urban and the regional level it
promotes and coordinates the socio - economic development aiming to the general welfare of its community and territory.

The fields of competence are:

  • soil defense, the protection and enhancement of the environment ( including the protection of water and energy resources) and calamities prevention;
  • viability and transports sector;
  • flora and fauna, natural parks and cultutral heritage protection;
  • garbage disposal, waste waters, air and sound pollution control;
  • high school buildings management and educational planning coordination;
  • job market and professional training;
  • statistical review and sectorial observatories management (job, school, youth);  
  • promotion, development and coordination of urban actions in the fileds of economy, trade, welfare, culture and sport. 

The Province of Lucca has recently managed interventions for immaterial infrastructure supporting innovation processes (e.g. broadband network technologies for local districts). It has supported the developpement of technology clusters, incubators and innovation centres as a result of an intensive planning activity on economic decelopment and innovation.

Moreover, by the Territorial Plan of Coordination, the province gives guidelines for the urbanization process management and for the coordination of the urban territorial development.