La Repubblica was founded in 1976 and is one of Italy's leading national daily newspapers, first in terms of circulation and readership (daily circulation 349.900 in 2012). Based in Rome, it is the only one that has a balanced circulation in all the regions of the country. The paper has national news contents for all editions, with an additional local edition for nine cities (Rome, Milan, Turin, Bologna, Genoa, Florence, Naples, Palermo and Bari).
The newspaper is regarded as on the moderate left wing of the political spectrum, although it has never failed to criticise politicians or parties with similar views. La Repubblica is also known for its stand against the Catholic Church, often criticising it, especially on ethical topics and its interference in these issues.