G7 in photos: the Italian cities to host the Italian presidency

From Taormina, home of the G7 Summit in May, to Florence, Milan, Bari, and more.

Preparations are undergoing for the 2017 G7 Summit, chaired by Italy and hosted by the beautiful Sicilian town of Taormina.

The Italian delegation charged with the organization of the G7 have recently posted a few pictures of Taormina under the snow.

(Photo credits: Alessandro Motta via Medium, January 8, 2017)

While the summit with heads of state and government will take place on May 26–27, the Italian presidency has highlighted an intense calendar of ministerial and high-level meetings throughout the year, to be hosted in the following Italian cities:

  • G7 Culture, Florence (March 30–31);
  • G7 Energy, Rome (April 9–10);
  • G7 Foreign Affairs, Lucca (April 10–11);
  • G7 Finance, Bari (May 11–13);
  • G7 Environment, Bologna (June 10–11);
  • G7 Transport & Infrastructure, Cagliari (June 21–22) — added in February 2017
  • G7 Industry /ICT— G7 Science — G7 Labor, Turin (September 26-October 1);
  • G7 Agriculture, Bergamo (October 14–15);
  • G7 Health, Milan (November 5–6).


Florence is the capital city of Tuscany. It is the birthplace of the Renaissance and one of the most visited cities in the world.

(photo credits: FirenzeTurismo.it)


Rome is the capital city of Italy and the seat of the Italian government. With over 3 milion people Rome is also the biggest city in Italy in terms of population. Rome is the seat of several international organizations and United Nations agencies, like the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO) and the World Food Programme.

(Photo credits: turismoroma.it)


Founded by the Romans in 180 BC, the city still maintains the Roman orthogonal planning. The city’s 17th century walls are the best-known image of the city and stretch without interruption for more than four kilometres. Lucca, known as “The city with 100 churches” for the countless shrines that are to be found both inside and outside the historic centre, is an actual treasure chest of art and was an important hub during the Renaissance. It is also well know for opera and music. It is the birthplace of Giacomo Puccini (1858), the composer of famed operas La Bohème (1896), Tosca (1900), and Madama Butterfly (1904).

(Photo credits: Municipality of Lucca via Facebook)


Bari is the capital of the Apulia region of Italy. It is one of the most important commercial and economic hubs of Southern Italy. Bari is well known as a large port city and each September hosts the Fiera del Levante, one of the largest trade fair in the Adriatic region, with exhibitions from many sectors and industries and exhibitors from around the entire Mediterranean basin.

The old port or harbour of Bari, Italy, August 2005. (Photo credits: Laurent Massoptier via Wikepedia)
Bari’s Cathedral (photo credits: Jean-Christophe Benoist via Wikepedia)


Bologna is the capital city of the Emilia-Romagna region. Home to the oldest university in the world, University of Bologna, founded in 1088, Bologna hosts thousands of students and represents an important cultural and artistic hub —it was named European Capital of Culture in 2000 while UNESCO declared it City of Music in 2006. The city is known its towers and long porticoes that stretches throughout its historical center.

(Photo credits: Municipality of Bologna via Facebook)


Turin, capital city of the Piedmont region, was the first capital of Italy. Much of the city’s public squares, castles, gardens, and elegant palazzi were built in the 16th to 18th century, after the capital of the Duchy of Savoy (later Kingdom of Sardinia) was moved to Turin from Chambery (now in France) as part of the urban expansion. It is Italy’s third largest city in terms of population, after Rome and Milan.

(Photo credits: turismotorino.org)


Bergamo, only 40 kilometers from Milan, is known for its two centers: Bergamo Alta (upper city), a hilltop medieval town, surrounded by 16th-century cyclopic defensive walls, and Bergamo Bassa (lower city), the more modern part of the city developed in the 19th century. It is the birthplace of Domenico Donizetti (1797), along with Gioachino Rossini and Vincenzo Bellini, a leading composer of the bel canto opera style.

(Photo credits: Municipality of Bergamo via Facebook)


Milan is the capital city of Lombardy in northern Italy. The city is the main industrial and financial centre of Italy and houses the Borsa Italiana, the country’s stock exchange. The city is also a major world fashion and design capital, well known for several international events and fairs, including Milan Fashion Week and the Milan Furniture Fair. It was also the host city of the 2015 World Expo, attended by over 140 countries and international/regional organizations.

Milan’s cathedral known as Duomo. (photo credits: public domain)
La Scala opera house. (photo credits: Jean-Christophe Benoist via Wikepedia)
The Sforza castle. (Photo credits: Fishponds1981 via Wikipedia)

For more on the G7 summit in Taormina, Sicily, and our dispatches on the Italian presidency of the G7 in 2017, follow our G7inUS publication here onMedium and Medium Italiano, or follow us on Twitter. For the official channel of the G7 presidency in 2017, follow @G7 on Twitter.

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