Wanted in Rome » News http://www.wantedinrome.com Accommodation in Rome, jobs vacant Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:57:44 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.3 Open House Roma http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/open-house-roma-2/ http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/open-house-roma-2/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:48:34 +0000 http://www.wantedworldwide.net/?post_type=news&p=196008 Fourth edition of Open House Roma features 170 guided tours and 70 events.

Many of Rome’s museums, libraries, galleries and contemporary buildings to which there is normally limited public access are open free of charge over the weekend of 9-10 May as part of the fourth edition of Open House Roma.

Since its launch in 2012, the annual initiative dedicated to Rome’s varied architectural design has opened the doors of more than 300 interesting, important and sometimes off-limits buildings.


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This year the two-day programme features 170 guided tours and 70 special events (including children’s activities) in public and private venues all over the capital, from the centre to the suburbs. The event sees the city sub-divided into seven areas: historic centre, Flaminio-Parioli, Nomentano-Pietralata, Esquilino-S. Lorenzo, Appio-S. Giovanni, EUR-Corviale, and Monterverde-Ostiense.


The senate at Palazzo Madama
The senate at Palazzo Madama


Visitors can enjoy a behind-the-scenes peek at an eclectic list of participating buildings including the Hertziana Library near the Spanish Steps; the Palazzetto Bianco off Via Gregorio VII; the senate buildings at Palazzo Madama; the Mario Praz Museum near Piazza Navona; the Nuvola Centro Congressi EUR, better known as the Nuvola, by architect Massimiliano Fuskas.


The Nuvola in EUR
The Nuvola in EUR


There is a tour around the churches of the Aventine hill; street art among the apartment blocks of S. Basilio; Teatro Argentina; Villa Farnesina; the Corviale flat complex; even tours on the number 19 tram from Verano to Centocelle.

However it is the lesser-known venues that are perhaps the most exciting, such as architectural studios, cutting-edge private apartments and even construction sites.

International institutes participating this year include the Spanish Academy, the Brazilian embassy, the American Academy, Casa di Goethe, the French Academy at Villa Medici, the Danish Academy, the Japanese Cultural Institute, and the residence of Germany’s ambassador to the Holy See.


The Danish Academy
The Danish Academy


Co-ordinated by non-profit cultural association Open City Roma and its more than 400 volunteers, there are 70,000 visitors predicted at the 2015 event, an increase of 20,000 compared to last year.

On 3-4 October, Milan will become the second Italian city involved in the worldwide initiative which began in London in 1992.

Booking is required for many of the Rome tours, some of which take place on Saturday only or Sunday only – for full details see website or check out Open House Roma Facebook page.

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Six new stations for Rome’s Metro C http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/six-new-stations-for-romes-metro-c/ http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/six-new-stations-for-romes-metro-c/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:38:30 +0000 http://www.wantedworldwide.net/?post_type=news&p=195754 Route to extend from Centocelle to Lodi by July.

The stretch of Rome’s third underground railway line Metro C between Centocelle and Lodi will open by mid-July, according to the municipal transport company Roma Metropolitane.

Six new stations will be added to the existing 15 on the easternmost section of the line, from Pantano to Centocelle, which opened in November, going in the direction of S. Giovanni. The six new stations – Mirti, Gardenie, Teano, Malatesta, Pigneto and Lodi – cover just over 5 km, and will bring the stretch of Metro C in operation to about 18 km.

The president of Roma Metropolitane, Paolo Omodeo Salè, describes the upcoming opening as “significant” as it means commuters arriving at Lodi will be “just a few hundred metres from S. Giovanni station and the A line.”


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Lodi on new Metro C should open in July


The Metro C project, which was originally meant to run from Pantano across the historic centre of Rome to a new station near the Vatican and even beyond to Piazzale Clodio, has been beset with difficulties since it started in 1990. These have included funding overspends, lengthy delays and the abandonment of planned stations across the historic centre caused by the discovery of archaeological remains underground.

Last year Italy’s audit court accused the project’s consortium of cost overruns that were neither accounted for nor agreed, on the Pantano-Centocelle section. The court said that over €360 million of public funds were wasted between 2006 and 2010, and that the system was “designed to reward delays.” In 2012 the court’s president Luigi Giampaolino said that Metro C seemed set to become “the most expensive and slowest public works project in Europe and the world.”

Since construction began a quarter of a century ago, the cost of the project has risen from €1.9 to over €5 billion. Completion of the S.Giovanni-Fori Imperiali section is scheduled for September 2020.

See related article.

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Scooterino takes off in Rome http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/scooterino-takes-off-in-rome/ http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/scooterino-takes-off-in-rome/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:35:28 +0000 http://www.wantedworldwide.net/?post_type=news&p=195741 New app allows users to share scooter rides.

Scooterino, a community-based platform allowing users to share scooters rides, has been launched in Rome. Through the mobile app you can connect with fellow users driving their motorini in a similar direction similar to yours.

The Scooterino app automatically matches drivers and passengers going in the same direction, and drivers provide the helmet. The suggested cost of your trip is displayed upfront and you can review the other user’s profile; it is up to you whether you accept or reject the request. On delivery to your destination you make a small payment to help the scooterista cover their running costs. You can also leave a community rating based on your experience.

The eco-friendly system is cashless and all expense reimbursements for accepted trips are paid directly into your credit/debit card or Paypal account on a weekly basis. All drivers must be at least 21 years old, hold a valid driver’s licence, an up-to-date insurance policy, and a well-maintained two-person scooter.

The company launched in late March with the help of a €50,000 investment from the European Space Agency, secured through Bic Lazio, a Regione Lazio-funded body which provides start-ups with mentoring, development assistance and financial support.




The brainchild of Scooterino is 22-year-old Rome resident Oliver Page, who was born and raised in Italy to American parents. Speaking to Wanted in Rome, Page said he “grew up in an entrepreneurial household” and set up his first business, NutKase – specialising in tablet and laptop cases – while still at St Stephen’s in the capital’s S. Saba district.

He began developing the Scooterino concept in California’s Silicon Valley but the idea came to him in Rome while waiting interminably for a bus that never arrived. Standing at the bus stop he noticed a large amount of scooters without passengers, all travelling in his direction.

Page says Scooterino is the first scooter-pooling venture in Europe, although “variations of the business model exist in Bangkok, Mexico and Africa.” However he is quick to point out that Scooterino is “not Uber for scooters” as has been reported mistakenly by some local media channels. The model for his business is based on a “community network” – similar to Airbnb or BlaBla Car.

Despite Rome’s reputation for bureaucratic delays, Page says that “so far it has been relatively smooth sailing” for the fledgling company. Over the past few weeks he has been busy “ramping up the user base”, which now numbers over 2,000 registered users.

Page also says that the first 2,500 users can avail of an initial free ride, employing the trusted American sales technique of “try before you buy”.

For full details about Scooterino see its interactive website while for a quick introduction to the system check out this short animated video.

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Liberation Day in Rome http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/liberation-day-in-rome-2/ http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/liberation-day-in-rome-2/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:45:15 +0000 http://www.wantedworldwide.net/?post_type=news&p=195685 City celebrates 70th anniversary of liberation.

On 25 April Italy celebrates the 70th Festa della Liberazione which marks the country’s liberation from German occupation and fascist rule at the end of world war two.

A public holiday across Italy, all state schools and offices are closed on Saturday 25 April, as well as many shops.

From 10.30 until 13.00, supporters of the Associazione Nazionale Partigiani d’Italia (ANPI) will gather at Piazza di Porta S. Paolo, in the Ostiense district, resulting in bus detours and a parking ban in the area that morning.


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Later that day, from 17.00-20.00, the city is holding La storia più bella, an evening of music and words, at the Campidoglio. This year’s event is dedicated to “two figures of great importance for our city”, both recently deceased: Massimo Rendina, partisan commander and later president of ANPI; and Elio Toaff, the former chief rabbi of Rome for over 50 years, who died on 19 April.

The liberation is also marked in other districts of the city including Pigneto, which celebrates from midday until midnight on 25 April, with the 14th edition of the festival Pigneto, Quartiere in Festa.

Separately, on 25 and 26 April, the 70th Gran premio ciclistico della Liberazione cycle race begins and ends at the Baths of Caracalla, causing several bus detours in the area.

For full transport details see the Muoversi a Roma website.

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Vatican Museums open late Friday nights http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/vatican-museums-open-late-friday-nights-3/ http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/vatican-museums-open-late-friday-nights-3/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 07:29:11 +0000 http://www.wantedworldwide.net/?post_type=news&p=195677 Popular initiative runs until end of October.

From 24 April to 31 July, and from 4 September until 30 October, the Vatican Museums open every Friday evening (with the exception of 1 May) from 19.00-23.00, with last admission at 21.30.

The visit includes the Pio-Clementine museum, the Egyptian museum, the upper galleries, the Raphael rooms, the Borgia apartment, the collection of modern religious art, and the Sistine Chapel.

As in previous years, the popular initiative will be enriched with a special season of musical events whose programme will be published soon on the Vatican Museums’ website.

Online booking is mandatory and exit from the galleries begins 30 minutes prior to closing time. For full details including ticket prices see website.

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Anzac Day in Rome http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/anzac-day-in-rome-4/ http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/anzac-day-in-rome-4/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 06:29:30 +0000 http://www.wantedworldwide.net/?post_type=news&p=195674 Annual commemoration at Rome War Cemetery.

New Zealanders and Australians in Rome will mark ANZAC Day 2015 with a memorial service on Saturday 25 April at the Rome War Cemetery on Via Nicola Zabaglia, in the Piramide district, at 09.00.




Originally held to commemorate members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli in Turkey in world war one, ANZAC Day is now an occasion for the two countries to pay tribute to all members of their armed forces who died in both world wars and in action since.

An informal reception will follow the service at the New Zealand embassy on Via Clitunno 44. All are welcome but for security reasons an RSVP is mandatory for those wishing to attend: contact rome@nzembassy.it or tel. 068537501.

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Reform to Italy’s divorce law http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/reform-to-italys-divorce-law/ http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/reform-to-italys-divorce-law/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 06:04:36 +0000 http://www.wantedworldwide.net/?post_type=news&p=195669 Speedier divorces have now been approved by both houses of parliament.

The introduction of “divorce” into the Italian legal system has had a long and difficult history accompanied by debates that have raged for over a century.

Following the Concordat of 1929 between the Italian state and the Catholic Church, a political treaty was reached which created the state of the Vatican City and guaranteed full and independent sovereignty to the Holy See. In return the pope had to pledge neutrality in international relations and matters of state. However, the Church retained spiritual jurisdiction in Italy and marriage was seen to fall within this jurisdiction. Therefore, in the preparatory works for the Italian Civil Code of 1942 the subject of divorce could only be talked about but nothing was implemented. It was only in 1970 that “divorce” or should we rather say the dissolution of marriage entered into the Italian legal system. The divorce process took five to six years. A judge could dissolve a marriage civilly, but this only impacted on the civil effects of the marriage and in no way impaired either the validity of the act of marriage or its religious effects.

The 1970 law was amended in 1978 and again in 1987 and the final divorce decree could only be issued by a judge after three continuous years of legal separation.

On 29 May 2014 a draft act was approved in parliament to shorten the divorce process. This draft was altered and accepted by the senate on 6 February 2015. This has now been passed by the house of deputies, with 398 votes in favour, 28 against and six abstensions. It will become law when it has appeared in the Gazzetta Ufficiale, after which it will be immediately applicable to divorce cases already in process.




The new law reduces consensual divorces to a period of six months from the time the couple appears in court and the act of divorce is registered by the president of the court. Contested divorces will be reduced to a period of 12 months following a judicial process to resolve differences.

According to the act the period of separation starts when the couple appear in court and lodge their act of separation. Therefore it would be included in the six months for consensual divorce and 12 months for contested divorces, not a separate period of time as before.

The changes in the new act do not impact on other issues surrounding divorce, such as maintenance, child custody and division of assets.

With regard to divorce maintenance, Italian law grants divorce solely in the event of “irretrievable breakdown of marriage” and not based on the basis of “fault”, therefore neither party may claim damages in their divorce settlement.

Maintenance is seen as assistance and not compensation and is therefore granted to the financially weaker party only if they have proof that they have no appropriate means to provide for themselves or minor children (inability to work due to illness or other reasons).

Maintenance is not based on the level of the quality of life during the marriage but rather on sustaining a basic quality of life after the divorce. Maintenance granted at the time of divorce may be reversed at a later date should the claimant regain the ability to support themselves.

Maintenance is adjusted to accommodate increases in the cost of living. A spouse that has no recourse to medical assistance is entitled to existing health insurance from the other spouse.

Maintenance is normally paid in monthly installments at the source of earning but in some cases a once-off lump sum may be awarded and once paid the claimant has no further recourse to claim. Under Italian law maintenance is always payable to children.

With regard to child custody, law 54 of 2006, introduced into Italy the fundamental principle of the joint custody of children upon breakdown of marriage. Art. 155 of the Civil code now expressly provides that even in the case of legal separation, minor children have the right to maintain a balanced and continuous relationship with both parents and to receive care, education and instruction and the right to maintain meaningful connections with the relatives of each parent. The same rules are applicable in the case of divorce.

Sole custody of children will only be considered in three situations. When one of the parents is undoubtedly and seriously unsuitable to provide an education to the children. If one of the parents has an “abnormal way of life” which appears to be dangerous to the children. When there is a categorical refusal of the children to have a relationship with a parent.

The existence of a disagreement between the parents is not relevant, unless the conflict is so serious as to alter and affect the balanced growth of the children. Parents are jointly responsible for the material and spiritual needs of their children, even after the age of 18, until they have appropriate financial means to take care of themselves. No parent may remove a child from Italy and relocate abroad unless they have the explicit permission of the other parent. Doing so constitutes abduction.

See original article by Studio Annino.

Studio Legale Annino

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Migrant Lives Matter http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/migrant-lives-matter/ http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/migrant-lives-matter/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:33:46 +0000 http://www.wantedworldwide.net/?post_type=news&p=195566 Rome refugee centre holds solidarity events

Rome’s Joel Nafuma Refugee Center (JNRC) is collaborating with the Jesuit-run Centro Astalli refugee centre to hold a prayer flag project followed by an interfaith vigil entitled Migrant Lives Matter on Friday 24 April.

Both events will be held at the American Episcopal Church of Rome, St Paul’s within the Walls, whose crypt is home to the JNRC.

The prayer flag project takes place first, from 16.00-19.00. Guests are asked to bring a piece of fabric to help create a giant peace flag which the centre will display from the church tower, as a symbol of its efforts to “welcome the stranger and honour those we have lost.”

Joel Nafuma Refugee Centre in Rome
Joel Nafuma Refugee Center in Rome

For the interfaith vigil at 19.00, participants are invited to bring candles to honour the refugees who have died this year crossing the Mediterranean. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that up to 1,600 migrants have died this year alone trying to reach Europe. The JNRC says: “Each of these lives matter. As do the lives of those that survive the journey and arrive in Europe.”

The prayer vigil in Rome comes just days after at least 800 migrants died when their boat capsized off the Libyan coast on 19 April, in what the UNHCR describes as the “deadliest incident in the Mediterranean we have ever recorded.”

It is thought that there were about 850 people on board, including 350 Eritreans as well as passengers from Syria, Somalia, Sierra Leone, Mali, Senegal, Gambia, Ivory Coast and Ethiopia. Only 28 are known to have survived.

Survivors come ashore in Sicily
Survivors come ashore in Sicily

The ship’s captain, a 27-year-old Tunisian, was arrested on suspicion of multiple homicide, while another crew member, a 25-year-old Syrian, faces charges of engaging in illegal migration.

On 20 April the UN refugee agency welcomed European Union plans to tackle the immigration crisis in the Mediterranean, but stressed that saving human lives at sea should remain the priority.

The JNRC was founded at St Paul’s within the Walls in 1995 and welcomes around 200 guests each weekday, from 08.30 to 14.00. For more details see website.

See related article.

Joel Nafuma Refugee Center (JNRC), Via Napoli 58 (corner Via Nazionale), tel. 064883339.

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Rome’s pyramid inaugurated after restoration http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/romes-pyramid-inaugurated-after-restoration/ http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/romes-pyramid-inaugurated-after-restoration/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 06:00:56 +0000 http://www.wantedworldwide.net/?post_type=news&p=195487 Japanese sponsor opens pyramid on 20 April.
Rome’s restored Piramide Cestia was inaugurated on 20 April in the presence of the city’s mayor Ignazio Marino and Yuzo Yagi, the Japanese entrepreneur who sponsored the monument’s €2 million restoration since work began in March 2013.
Yuzo Yagi – who has imported Italian clothes to his Yagi Tsusho chain of fashion stores in Japan for some 40 years – said that the restoration of the 2,000-year-old monument was his way of thanking Italy for his success. Yagi hosted a reception for 250 guests at the city’s Egyptian-style pyramid, in the S. Paolo-Ostiense district, on the night of 20 April.
Long a mottled mixture of stained grey and brown, the pyramid is now a pristine white. To celebrate its return to splendour there will be special guided tours at 10.00, 11.00 and midday on 21, 22, 23, 24 and 26 April.


The pyramid stands in the middle of a busy junction between Piramide train station and the city’s Non-Catholic Cemetery, opposite the fortified Porta S. Paolo. During the opening Marino revealed that the city is considering the pedestrianisation of Via Raffaele Persichetti, on the eastern side of the structure, but conceded there were logistical difficulties involved, given the junction’s importance for Rome’s traffic.

The 36-metre high monument is Rome’s only existing ancient Egyptian-style pyramid and dates from the first century BC. It was built as a tomb for the powerful Roman magistrate Caius Cestius, and experts believe that it has evaded collapse over the centuries because it was incorporated into the Aurelian walls in the years 271-275.

The pyramid can be visited on the second and fourth Saturday of the month for individuals at 11.00, and for groups at 10.00 and midday. Reservations are required, for more details see website.

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City museums free on Rome’s birthday http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/city-museums-free-on-romes-birthday/ http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/city-museums-free-on-romes-birthday/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:28:39 +0000 http://www.wantedworldwide.net/?post_type=news&p=195468 Rome celebrates 21 April with new metro stop.

Rome’s municipal museums are open free of charge on Tuesday 21 April in celebration of Natale di Roma, the capital’s 2,768th birthday.

There is free admission to Centrale Montemartini, Museo Barracco, Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Roma Capitale, Museo Canonica, Museo della Memoria Garibaldina, Museo delle Mura, Villa di Massenzio, Museo Civico di Zoologia, Museo Napoleonico, Museo Carlo Bilotti, Musei di Villa Torlonia, and the newly-opened Museo di Casal Dè Pazzi.

Normal ticket prices apply to several city museums however, due to temporary exhibitions taking place currently. These include the Capitoline Museums (which remains open until midnight), Trajan’s Markets-Museo dei Fori Imperiali (which closes at 17.30), the Ara Pacis, both MACRO museums (Testaccio and Via Nizza), Museo di Roma a Palazzo Braschi and Museo di Roma in Trastevere.

The city is also inaugurating a new stop, Jonio, on the Metro B1 line which replaces Conca d’Oro as the terminus of the B1 line.





Another event to mark the city’s birthday will be the switching on of a new lighting system at the Roman Fora of Nerva, Augustus and Trajan at 20.30.


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