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It is only through a global, interdisciplinary and inclusive approach that our cities will find what is required for a systemic sustainable development: the typical approach of smart cities can guide the process. Smart is not just widespread technological innovation. What counts is a city's "smartness" assessed by objectives. Smart cities are mainly metropolitan, but Italy also has medium and small-sized cities. The association of different municipalities could be useful to develop best practices in terms of energy efficiency, environment or sustainable mobility.