It may soon be possible for civil wedding services to take place almost anywhere in Rome. At present couples not wishing to marry in a church ceremony have only a choice of three places to make their marriage vows at the Campidoglio, in a deconsecrated church near the Terme di Caracalla or at Villa Lais in Piazza G. Cagliero, near the Via Tuscolana. Now the city councillor who advises the mayor on multiethnic affairs, Franca Coen, has suggested that people should be able to marry in a place of their choice.
If the council approves the proposal it will cut the present long waiting lists and make it possible for couples to invite more guests; all the places currently offered by the city council are small. In exchange the bride and groom will probably have to pay the travel expenses of the city registrar who conducts the ceremony.