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Province Boundaries of the
Kingdom of the Two Sicilies
at the Time of Napoleon

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Map showing Province Boundaries of the Kingdom of Naples at the time of Napoleon, 9 KB

Map Source: the map above is based on the map titled "Pre-Unification Italy" in the book Finding Italian Roots by John Philip Colletta (Baltimore, 1993), page 58.  Compare the map below of present day Italy.  [Related map: the boundaries of the Regions of Italy as they have been since 1963.]

19th Century Province Names and their 20th Century More-or-less Equivalents

The Kingdom of the Two Sicilies (Regno delle due Sicilie) consisted of the Kingdom of Naples (the Italian peninsula south of Rome, but including Abruzzo) and the Kingdom of Sicily (the island).

Region of Abruzzo

Abruzzo Citra = Chieti (CH).  Note: Citra (or, Citeriore) meant "nearer to", as opposed to "farther away from", the City of Naples, the capital city of the Kingdom of Naples.

Abruzzo Ultra 2 = L'Aquila (AQ).  Note: Ultra (or, Ulteriore) meant "farther away from", as opposed to "nearer to", the City of Naples, the capital city of the Kingdom of Naples.

To the north of Abruzzo Citra and Abruzzo Ultra 2 lay the Province of Abruzzo Ultra 1 ("farthest Abruzzo", equivalent to the present Provinces of Pescara (PE) and Teramo (TE)), beyond which lay more provinces of the Papal States (Stati della Chiesa).

Region of Molise

Molise = Campobasso (CB); and since 1970 the provinces of Campobasso (CB) and Isernia (IS).  In 1963 Molise was made a "region" (regione) of Italy in its own right; before then it had been a province in the Region of Abruzzo e Molise.  Note that the present Province of Campobasso stretches to the Adriatic Sea; it includes areas of what used to the Provinces of Capitanata and Abruzzo Citra.

Region of Puglia

Capitanata = Foggia (FG)

Terra di Bari = Bari (BA)

Beyond the Terra di Bari lay the Terra di Otranto, equivalent to the Provinces of Taranto (TA), Brindisi (BR), and Lecce (LE).

Region of Campania

Napoli = Napoli (NA)

Terra di Lavoro = Caserta (CE)

Principato Citra = Salerno (SA).  Note: Citra (or, Citeriore) meant "nearer to", as opposed to "farther away from", the City of Naples, the capital city of the Kingdom of Naples.  "Principato Citra" may be translated as the Nearer Principality (or, Prince-dom, as opposed to Kingdom).

Principato Ultra = Benevento (BN) and Avellino (AV).  Note: Ultra (or, Ulteriore) meant "farther away from", as opposed to "nearer to", the City of Naples, the capital city of the Kingdom of Naples.  "Principato Ultra" may be translated as the Farther (Away) Principality (or, Prince-dom).

Region of Basilicata

Basilicata = the Provinces of Potenza (PZ) and Matera (MT)

To the south-east of Basilicata lay the Region of Calabria, consisting of the Province of Calabria Citra, beyond which of course lay the Province of Calabria Ultra (and the island of Sicily).

Map showing Province Boundaries of Central Southern Italy, 9 KB

Map Source: the map above is based on the map titled "Contemporary Italy" in the book Finding Italian Roots by John Philip Colletta (Baltimore, 1993), page 54.

Note: the expression "Il Mezzogiorno" was first applied to Italy south of Rome by Garibaldi; he did not explain what he meant by it.  The Italian word mezzogiorno means "midday" (or, "noon").  In Italian, "Southern Italy" is Italia meridionale or il Meridione.


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Last revised: 28 February 2004 : 2004-02-28 by Robert [Wesley] Angelo.

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