The Rome city authorities have launched 15 broadband wireless points, called hot spots in the Villa Borghese park, from where the public may connect to the internet. At the launch city mayor, Walter Veltroni, he said that he hopes that the new installations will bring new users into the city parks, he views the hot spots as enriching the city as they unite history and technology. Several more installations are due to become operative within the next few weeks in parks and squares all over the city. Each hot-spot can accommodate 50 users at a time and at the moment may be used without charge, use is limited to one hour although the user may go off-line after an hour and then go back on-line again.

The hot spots can be used by portable pcs , palm pilots and the more recent cell phones which have WAP installed.