località, in Italy, is the name
given to inhabited places that are not accorded a more significant
distinction in administrative law such as a frazione, comune, municipio, circoscrizione, or quartiere.
The word is cognate
to English locality
(inhabited locality) as an "area of more or less size,
normally known by its own name, on which are situated either
grouped or scattered houses." Three types of inhabited locality are
distinguished: inhabited center (centro abitato
inhabited nucleus (nucleo abitato
), and scattered houses
have several località
several dozens, while some have none. The subdivision is optional.
In practice, most località
are small habitations, hamlets,
and occasionally a mere clump of houses.