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Lelio Lagorio
Mayor of Florence

In office
15 February 1965 – 19 November 1965
Preceded by Giorgio La Pira
Succeeded by Piero Bargellini
President of Tuscany

In office
28 July 1970 – 26 September 1978
Preceded by Established office
Succeeded by Mario Leone
Minister of Defence

In office
4 April 1980 – 4 August 1983
Preceded by Adolfo Sarti
Succeeded by Giovanni Spadolini
Member of the Chamber of Deputies

In office
20 June 1979 – 22 April 1992
Member of the European Parliament

In office
26 July 1989 – 18 July 1994
Personal details
Born (1925-11-09)9 November 1925
Trieste, Italy
Died 6 January 2017(2017-01-06) (aged 91)[citation needed]
Florence, Italy
Political party Italian Socialist Party

Lelio Lagorio (9 November 1925 – 6[citation needed] January 2017) was an Italian politician who served as the first President of Tuscany from 1970 until 1978.


Lagorio was born in Trieste and was a member of the Italian Socialist Party (Partito Socialista Italiano, PSI). He was mayor of Florence from 1964 to 1965, succeeding Giorgio La Pira, and, later, the first president of the Tuscany region (1970–1978).

He was the first PSI politicians to become Minister of Defence in Italy (1980–1983); the Ustica Massacre occurred under his tenure. Later he was minister of Sport and Spectales (1983–1986), President of PSI's Deputies and at the European Parliament (1986–1994) and Vice-President of the Union of European Community Socialist Parties (1990–1992).

Lagorio also wrote political and historical essays (including L'Ora di Austerlitz, about his period as Minister of Defence), and edited the Florentine magazine Città & Regione.


  • Mola, Aldo Alessandro (1993). "Lelio Lagorio". Il Parlamento Italiano. Storia parlamentare e politica dell’Italia, Vol. XXIII. Milan. 
  • Tajani, Antonio (1982). Il Granduca. Lagorio: un socialista Ministro della Difesa. Milan. 

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