Il Piccolo
Front page (Trieste edition), 11 October 2008
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Gruppo Editoriale L'Espresso
EditorPaolo Possamai
Founded1881; 143 years ago (1881)
Political alignmentProgressivism
HeadquartersTrieste, Italy
Circulation28,800 (2014)

Il Piccolo is the main daily newspaper of Trieste, Italy. Its name derives from the paper's original small format.

History and profile

Il Piccolo was founded by Teodoro Mayer in 1881.[1] He was also the owner and editor-in-chief of the paper.[1] Mayer and other people who were instrumental in the establishment of the paper were right-wing pro-Italians.[1][2] Mayer supported the idea that Trieste was part of Italy.[1] One of its contributors was Carolina Luzzatto who was a supporter of this view.[3]

Il Piccolo ceased publication at the beginning of World War I and was relaunched in 1919.[1] Following the beginning of the Fascist rule in Italy the paper declared its adherence to the Fascist ideology in 1923.[4] Until the end of World War II the paper was edited by those with fascist political leaning.[2]

Il Piccolo is based in Trieste[5] and it is published by Finegil Editoriale SPA[6] which has been a subsidiary of Gruppo Espresso since 1998.[7] Local editions for the towns of Monfalcone and Gorizia and for the region of Istria (Croatia) are also printed. It has a progressive political stance.[8]


The circulation of Il Piccolo was 40,231 copies in 2008.[9] The paper had a circulation of 31,302 copies in 2013.[10] The Espresso Group reported that the circulation of the paper was 28,800 copies in 2014.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e Antonio Gramsci (January 2011). Prison Notebooks. Vol. 3. New York: Columbia University Press. p. 553. ISBN 978-0-231-13945-8.
  2. ^ a b Maura Elise Hametz (2005). Making Trieste Italian, 1918-1954. Suffolk; Rochester, NY: Boydell & Brewer. p. 44. ISBN 978-0-86193-279-5.
  3. ^ Maddalena Del Bianco. "Luzzatto Coen Carolina (1837–1919). Giornalista e Patriota" (in Italian). Dizionario Biografico dei Friulani. Retrieved 12 January 2023.
  4. ^ George Talbot (2007). Censorship in Fascist Italy, 1922-43. London: Palgrave Macmillan. p. 27. doi:10.1057/9780230222854. ISBN 978-0-230-22285-4.
  5. ^ a b "Local Newspapers". Gruppo Espresso. Archived from the original on 18 March 2015. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Il Piccolo". Publicitas. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  7. ^ "History. 1990s". Gruppo Espresso. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  8. ^ Judith Thurman (31 March 2010). "Another counterfeit interview: Gore Vida". The New Yorker. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  9. ^ Data for average newspaper circulation in 2008 Archived 22 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine Accertamenti Diffusione Stampa
  10. ^ "Products" (PDF). Gruppo Editoriale L’Espresso. October 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 February 2015. Retrieved 26 February 2015.