New festival in an ancient city

Rome, Italy's City Organizer talks about the plans for the weekend

Alice Siragusa, April 28, 2015

Photo by Valentina Alberti

Rome is one of the most ancient cities in the world, but it is continuously evolving and transforming. In May, it will have its first Jane’s Walk!

Setting up the Roman edition of the festival has been quite difficult, since Jane Jacobs is not as famous in Europe as she is in North America. But when Valentina and I explained the project, most people welcomed the idea of organizing walks and involving others in their neighbourhood. The first Jane’s Walk Rome now has three partner organizations: Sapienza University of Rome, the Biennial of Public Space (a conference that will be held in Rome on the 21st to 24th of May), and Interazioni Urbane, a local NGO.

We have eleven walks scheduled so far — but more could be added at the last minute! Some of the walks will be held in the historic city center, but many more will be in peripheral, less touristic areas. There is so much to discover and to share: a local joke says that one life is not enough to know Rome! We hope to help people to know a little more with Jane’s Walk.

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To find out more about what's being planned for Rome, visit the Rome City Page!

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