Our blogger: Saiyora
Rome is a very friendly city. It is considered one of the safest European capitals, whereas one of the most provincial ones as well, but this is a different story. It’s home to several international organizations, like FAO, IFAD and WFP, and hosts many small local volunteer and non-government organisations. One of them is very particular, in fact, it is called the Utopia City- La Città dell’Utopia.
Located in an abandoned small castle (Casale Garibaldi) on a hill in a prestigious area of Rome- San Paolo district. La Citta dell’Utopia is a volunteer project of devoted people, who dedicate their time and energy to different projects for development, immigration and integration.
La citta dell’Utopia offers a variety of courses for different people, starting from language courses, speaking communications and language exchange, the course of yoga, pilates, informatics, dances and many other.
La Citta dell’Utopia also organises nice ethnic dinners and concerts of different diaspora groups in Rome.
La Città dell’Utopia is meant to be a social and cultural laboratory working for a new model of local and global development: balanced, sustainable and fair. The main aim of this project is to make the most of the experiences and potentialities of local associations, groups, schools, cooperatives etc., offering the citizens opportunities to take part in the environmental and social development of the district, and at the same time creating a network for socialisation and solidarity initiatives.
The development model promoted by La Città dell’Utopia is based on the concept of “social capital”, which means the wealth of an area should not be valued through economic indicators, but according to the chances the area offers to increase social cohesion, inclusion and solidarity. That’s why the project focuses on active citizenship, individual and collective participation.
If you’re just visiting Rome as a tourist, but want to learn more about the social dynamics of the eternal city, my advice is to visit Utopia City. There you will be able to practice your Italian and definitely make new friends. These days La Citta dell’Utopia struggles to get renewed its rent contract , and if you do not feel indifferent to the social problems it may resolve please join the movement to save the only Utopia City in Rome.
LA CITTA’ DELL’UTOPIA
Via Valeriano 3F, near subway sation San Paolo (Blue Subway line)