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La Nazione

One of Italy’s leading regional dailies, La Nazione (The Nation) is also one of the oldest, founded in Florence by Bettino Ricasoli in July 1959. Strongly independent, it voiced open opposition to fascism in the early years of the Fascist regime before being forcibly brought to heel. Throughout the postwar years it has maintained a conservative tone and style and has concentrated its attention on issues affecting Tuscany and the centre-north of the country, where most of its readership is located. At the end of the 1990s La Nazione is published by the Poligrafici Editoriale Group, which is owned by the Monti Rifesser family, and boasts an average daily circulation of 250,000.