Is Toronto bigger than…?

After I moved to Toronto, Canada, many friends keep me asking whether their hometown can fit into my new city’s borders. Intrigued by their questions, I superimposed some maps taken from google, with same scale (1cm = 5 km). I also sketched an approximate border of Toronto to make the comparisons easier. What I’ve found is quite impressive. While cities like London and to some extent Rome can challenge the size of Toronto, all the other places I lived in (or my friends are relatives are from) may fit amazingly into its borders!  So, entertain yourself with my maps and let me know if you want to make some other comparison with your preferred place (a National Park, a lake, or even an island?)

_toronto_only

Toronto alone, with my approximate city borders

_toronto_vs_rome

Rome (Italy). The inner part of the city within the GRA (Rome’s circular motorway) fits nicely into Toronto.

_toronto_vs_milan

Milan (Italy) and a large part of its hinterland fits into Toronto.

_toronto_vs_london

London (UK) is huge!

_toronto_vs_avezzano

The Fucino region of Italy is almost as big as Toronto. This plateau used to be a lake until it was drained in 1875.

_toronto_vs_macerata

Toronto is as big as a large part of the province of Macerata (Italy).

_toronto_vs_gotheborg

Götheborg (Sweden) is a very nice city with its river’s estuary and archipelago, but can’t compare in size to Toronto.

_toronto_vs_zurich

Toronto and Zurich (CH) often figure among the top 10 cities in the world for their quality of life. Surely not for their size, though.

_toronto_vs_geneva

Not only Toronto is way larger than Geneva (CH), but even the LHC accelerator (red circle) could fit nicely inside the Canadian city!

_toronto_vs_bologna

While the city of Bologna is very compact in size, its surroundings spread over the countryside for quite a distance. However, most of its northern province is well-contained inside Toronto.

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