New cultural heritage superintendent in Rome

Rome appoints first woman to top cultural heritage post.

Maria Vittoria Marini Clarelli, an art historian, has become the first woman to hold the position of Rome's superintendent of cultural heritage, succeeding Claudio Parisi Presicce who is now director of the Capitoline Museums.

Describing her assignment as a "beautiful challenge", Marini Clarelli spoke of her desire to make the city's cultural heritage more accessible to the public, in particular continuing to open up the Palatine Hill, a project begun by her predecessor.

Her other central themes include introducing a planned programme of maintenance for the city's monuments, controlling tourist flows, and "demolishing the crystal wall" between state and municipal administrations in relation to the management of Rome's cultural heritage.

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