On August 22nd, members enjoyed a lovely buffet dinner along the Tiber in the heart of Rome's Tevere Expo. Sitting on the waterfront and surrounded by poster photos of Italy's Dolce Vita cinema era, association members spent a lively and fun evening admiring the pictereque views.
At 9.30am, on a sunny Saturday in May, a group of British Expat members and their friends met up with Prof. Ferruccio Trabalzi for a tour of the Aqueduct Park along the Via Appia. Prof. Ferruccio is a professor of Sociology and Anthropology at The American University of Rome. His area of interest is Roman urban spaces and how they relate to identity and culture.
He explained how the aqueducts are an archaeological wonder and were able to sustain the growth of ancient Rome by supplying the city with a huge amount of fresh water unrivalled to other cities of antiquity.
The group was also introduced to the fascinating modern history of the aqueducts, namely, how the aqueducts were transformed into homes by Southern Italian migrants at the end of War War II until the mid-1970s when the slums were cleared and the residents relocated to Ostia Nuova.
Learning about this history highlighted the approach of the city of Rome towards its urban poor, an approach that is, still at the center of the Campidoglio's current policies towards immigrants and Rom.
Below is a list of our recent events:
Cultural Event guided walk of the “Park of the Aqueducts”: May 4th
Concert Rome Chamber Music Festival at Palazzo Barberini, special group rate: June 16th
Aperitif on the terrace of the Hotel 9 Cesari: June 20th
Book Club “Elinor Olphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeymoon: June 27th
Invitation from Commonwealth Club of Rome to presentation at Foreign Press Club Speaker Amb. Jill Morris: July 4th