Local seismic response (LSR) studies are considerably conditioned by the seismic input features due to the nonlinear soil behavior under dynamic loading and the subsurface site conditions (e.g., mechanical properties of soils and rocks and geological setting). The selection of the most suitable seismic input is a key point in LSR. Unfortunately, few recordings data are available at seismic stations in near‐field areas. Then, synthetic accelerograms can be helpful in LSR analysis in urbanized near‐field territories. Synthetic accelerograms are generated by simulation procedures that consider adequately supported hypotheses about the source mechanism at the seismotectonic region and the wave propagation path toward the surface. Hereafter, mainshocks recorded accelerograms at near‐field seismic stations during the 2016–2017 Central Italy seismic sequence have been compared with synthetic accelerograms calculated by an extended finite‐fault ground‐motion simulation algorithm code. The outcomes show that synthetic seismograms can reproduce the high‐frequency content of seismic waves at near‐field areas. Then, in urbanized near‐field areas, synthetic accelerograms can be fruitfully used in microzonation studies.

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