Antonio Decaro

Democratic Party (Italy) Five Star Movement Bari
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Antonio Decaro
Antonio Decaro daticamera.jpg
Mayor of Bari
Assumed office
23 June 2014
Preceded byMichele Emiliano
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
In office
14 March 2013 – 9 July 2014
Personal details
Born (1970-07-17) 17 July 1970 (age 50)
Bari, Italy
Political partyDemocratic Party
OccupationEngineer, politician

Antonio Decaro (born 17 July 1970) is an Italian politician, current Mayor of Bari.


Decaro graduated in Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Bari. After a brief work experience as deputy head compartment of the Apulian Aqueduct, he has been employed by ANAS in 2000.[1]

In 2004 he was hired by mayor of Bari Michele Emiliano as Councilor for mobility and traffic, distinguishing himself for his environmentalism: Decaro has contributed to the implementation of initiatives and infrastructures that have marked the change in the mobility and traffic policies in Bari. His goal was to empty the city center from cars and re-qualify the spaces and lifestyle of citizens and commuters.[1]

In 2010 he is elected regional councilor in Apulia with the Democratic Party and became group leader of the party in the regional assembly from 2010 to 2013, when he is elected Deputy after the 2013 elections.

On January 2014, he announced on his Facebook page his intention to run for the role of mayor of Bari. On June, he is elected mayor, with the support of his predecessor Michele Emiliano, the Democratic Party, Left Ecology Freedom, Italy of Values and the Democratic Centre.[2]

On 12 October 2016, Decaro is elected President of the National Association of Italian Comunes, the association of all the mayors of the country.[3]

In 2020, in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic that ravaged Northern Italy, Decaro even though he's mayor of a Southern city, became a social media star and instant sensation overnight due to his strong-mannered rebukes of citizens who wouldn't respect the stay-at-home rule. Mayor Decaro even had facebook and instagram fan pages founded by women who immediately claimed to be attracted to him after his online rants appealing to his constituents became popular.


  1. ^ a b "Biography of Antonio Decaro". 17 October 2016. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Decaro è il nuovo sindaco di Bari, il centrosinistra vola ma crolla l'affluenza". La Repubblica. 9 June 2014. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Anci, ecco Decaro, il sindaco renziano nuovo numero uno dei comuni italiani". La Repubblica. 12 October 2016. Retrieved 4 October 2018.