Sindaco di Roma
Rome faces the new millennium
with a truly impressive load of programs, projects nd objectives,
some of them achieved, others in progress.
The major efforts which mark this passage in time, from the
Auditorium to the Convention Center, from the restructuring
of roads to the restoration of monumental areas, are proof
of the incessant activity which must continue for some time
The ability to combine this process of urban renewal with
the introduction of contents and structures missing from the
existing panorama but necessary for a strategy of on-going
cultural, civic and economic development is a distinctive
feature of this administration.
Often the conception and planning of these initiatives is
brand new, while other projects, having been placed on hold
for years, and are finally being brought to completion. Among
the latter, we hope to include, as soon as possible, the City
of Science, an ambitious program which has been discussed
in Rome for more than twenty years, and today, thanks to the
effort made to initiate the procedures needed for its planning
and a first, significant economic commitment, can become reality.
Strangely enough, the accumulated delay may actually prove
to be an advantage, allowing the many similar experiences
throughout the world to be used as guidelines and a point
of reference for a comparative analysis of qualities and weaknesses.
Here lies the importance of this initial phase of consultation
with the realities of the various scientific and research
disciplines, with the purpose being to confirm that the effort
has begun on the right foot.