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Senate of the Republic
Senato della Repubblica
18th legislature
TypeUpper house of Parliament of Italy
President of the SenateMaria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati, FI
Members315 elected senators
+ 6 senators for life
Italian Senate current.svg
Political groupsGovernment (166)
  •       M5S (106)
  •       PD (36)
  •       IVPSI (17)
  •       Mixed (7)
    •       LeU (5)
    •       MAIE (2)

Supported by (12)

Opposition (143)

  •       FI (61)
  •       Lega (58)
  •       FdI (18)
  •       Mixed (4)
  •       N.I. (2)
Last election4 March 2018
Next electionNo later than 2023
Meeting place
Palazzo Madama, Rome

The Senate of the Republic (Italian: Senato della Repubblica) or Senate (Italian: Senato) is a house of the bicameral Italian Parliament (the other being the Chamber of Deputies). The two houses together form a perfect bicameral system, meaning they perform identical functions, but do so separately. It was created in its current form on 8 May 1948, but existed during the Kingdom of Italy as Senato del Regno (Senate of the Kingdom), itself a continuation of the Senato Subalpino (Subalpine Senate) of Sardinia created on 8 May 1848.

Members of the Senate are styled Senator or The Honourable Senator (Italian: Onorevole Senatore)[1] and they meet at Palazzo Madama, Rome.