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Front page (Rome edition), 3 October 2008
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Caltagirone Editore
PublisherIl Messaggero S.p.A.
EditorMassimo Martinelli
Founded1878; 144 years ago (1878)
Political alignmentConservative liberalism
Fascism (1925-1945)
HeadquartersRome, Italy
Circulation91,012 (2012)
Sister newspapersCorriere Adriatico
Il Mattino
WebsiteIl Messaggero

Il Messaggero (English: "The Messenger") is an Italian newspaper based in Rome, Italy.

History and profile

Il Messaggero headquarters in Rome
Il Messaggero headquarters in Rome

Il Messaggero was founded in December 1878.[1][2][3] On 1 January 1879, the first issue of Il Messaggero was published,[1] under the management of Luigi Cesana.[4] The paper aimed at being the newspaper of newspapers and at providing its readers with all opinions and all events.[1] The first four copies of the paper were delivered as free samples to the subscribers of the newspaper, Il Fanfulla.[1] One of the early editors-in-chief of Il Messaggero was Alberto Cianca who resigned from the post due to political reasons.[5]

Since its inception, Il Messaggero has been owned by different companies.[4] One of the former owners is Montedison through the Ferruzzi Group.[6][7] In 1996 the paper was acquired by Francesco Gaetano Caltagirone.[4] He founded the Caltagirone Editore in 1999.[4] The company is the majority owner of the paper[8] which has its 90%.[9] Its leaders include Azzurra Caltagirone, the partner of the political leader Pierferdinando Casini, on its board. The company also owns Corriere Adriatico[10] and Il Mattino.[8] The publisher of the daily is Il Messaggero S.p.A.[11]

Il Messaggero is published in broadsheet format[12][13] and is based in Rome.[6][14] In addition to its national edition the paper has 12 local editions, including those for the regions of Lazio, Umbria, Marche, Abruzzo and Tuscany.[4] The daily has a centre-left political leaning.[15]


The 1988 circulation of Il Messaggero was 370,000 copies.[6] It was the sixth best-selling Italian newspaper in 1997 with a circulation of 256,400 copies.[16] The paper had a circulation of 288,000 copies in 1999.[17]

In 2000 the circulation of the paper was 292,000 copies.[18] Its circulation was 293,000 copies in 2001[19] and 258,538 copies in 2002.[9] The circulation of the paper was 252,000 copies in 2003[11] and 240,778 copies in 2004.[20] The paper had a circulation of 230,697 copies in 2005.[21] Its circulation was 216,000 copies in 2007.[22]

In 2012 Il Messaggero sold 91,012,767 copies.[23]


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  10. ^ "2006 Annual Results". Caltagirone Editore S.p.A. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
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  20. ^ "European Publishing Monitor. Italy" (PDF). Turku School of Economics and KEA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 April 2015. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  21. ^ Data for average number of paid-for copies. Survey on 2005 newspapers sales in Italy. Archived 10 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine (Excel file). Accertamenti Diffusione Stampa.
  22. ^ Anne Austin; et al. (2008). "Western Europe Market and Media Fact" (PDF). ZenithOptimedia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 February 2015. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
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