U.S. Ambassadors & Rome Mayor Alemanno Clean up Graffiti on Earth Day

Three U.S. Ambassadors and the Mayor of Rome rolled up their sleeves on a Saturday afternoon along with about one hundred volunteers to clean up Rome.

Rome is plagued with tagging and graffiti and only a tiny percentage of it could possibly be called art. Most of it is just writing which defaces private homes, parks, bridges and even precious historical monuments.

Fortunately, an intrepid group of Americans and Italians banded together to “Retake Rome”. Yesterday, they were joined by the Mayor of Rome, Gianni Alemanno, and three U.S. Ambassadors: U.S. Ambassador to Italy, David Thorne, U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, Miguel Diaz, and U.S. Ambassador to UN Agencies in Rome, Ertharin Cousin. They joined about a hundred volunteers of every age and city workers to clean Ponte Sisto, one of Rome’s beautiful old bridges, Piazza Trilussa and the surrounding neighborhood of Trastevere.


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