Activities performed by Fondazione Roma during Chairman Emanuele’s term of office


Professor Emanuele’s solicitude for the poorest of the poor and the lower social classes prompted his desire to contribute to the remembrance of historical persecutions.    Therefore, Fondazione Roma promoted a series of projects and events in theatres and schools that aimed to commemorate the past tragic events concerning the peoples and ethnic groups who in the course of history endured abuse and persecution, in order to warn the new generations, such as:

  • the concert held by the Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma on the occasion of the Holocaust Memorial Day (26th of January 2004);
  • educational trips to Auschwitz for Roman students;
  • the theatre piece ‘Pietre Urlanti (Screaming Stones)’ and a concert performed by the Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma on the anniversary of the genocide of the Armenian people (24th of April 2008);
  • a film review, titled ‘Dal Silenzio alla Speranza (From Silence to Hope)’, which presented a series of documentary films on Cambodia (May 2008);
  • for the Istrian-Dalmatian exodus:

• the exhibition dedicated to the Dalmatian painters Giuseppe Lallich e Tullio Crali held (from the 26th of January to the 10th of February 2007 and the 9th of May to the 8th of June 2008 respectively) in the in the halls of the Air-Raid shelter under Palazzo degli Ufffici in the EUR district in Rome;

• the exhibition ‘le Foibe. Dalla tragedia all’esodo (the Foibe: from the tragedy to the exodus)’ held in the FlagMemorial in the Vittoriano (30th of January – 21st of February 2009);

• Remake of the DVD titled ‘L’esodo ignorato’ produced in 2004 by the Associazione Nazionale Dalmata and subsequently rereleased and circulated in schools thanks to Professor Emanuele;

  • The performance on Native Americans ‘Ascolta il canto del vento (Listen to the song of the wind) held on the 20th of April 2009;
  • The book for youths ‘Anni spezzati (The broken years), which reconstructs the Holocaust.

Since inception, the strong commitment to patients nearing the end of life distinguished the Foundation’s work in the field of health driven by the Chairman’s vision, which ensured that 60% of the revenue arising from the assets under management is allocated to this sector, and his great sensitivity to such issues. This intent led to the accomplishment of projects that aimed to improve the quality of their remaining life and to provide care to patients with a very short life expectancy who have been abandoned or are in need.

    In the years between 1997-1998 when, in Italy, there was a lack of sensitivity to issues related to palliative care, the Chairman of Fondazione Roma, who had visited and appreciated similar facilities in the United States of America, matured the idea of establishing a Hospice in Rome.
    The Hospice was opened in 1999.  In time, the care services offered have been constantly updated and increased and today the Hospice also provides services for patients affected by Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Alzheimer’s disease. The Chairman requested this permanent project which he cherishes most, since he personally suggested and accomplished it at the beginning of his term of office.
    Subsequently, the Chairman also paid great attention to the problems of people with ALS and children with Musculoskeletal diseases, which translated into important grants to enhance the utilisation of robotics for diagnostics, care and treatment of these patients.
  • VILLAGGIO EMANUELE F. M. EMANUELE Inspired by a visit to De Hogeweyk, in Weesp, a suburb of Amsterdam in October 2012, the Chairman conceived the idea of creating a residential village entirely designed for and dedicated to people with Alzheimer’s disease that replicated the positive Dutch experience, in order to offer an alternative to hospitalization and the urgency dictated by the escalation of this disease.After countless bureaucratic and administrative obstacles and due to his untiring determination, construction began in the summer of 2016 and this pioneer facility is now completed and ready to accommodate, entirely free of charge, around a hundred residents who will receive the care and attention needed in such cases, in a discreet yet efficient manner, in a quiet, safe and stimulating environment that reminds them of home.
  • San Giovanni Addolorata Hospital, purchase of the Da Vinci robotic assisted surgical system and upgrade;
  • ASL Latina, installation of PET-CT scanner at the Santa Maria Goretti hospital and purchase other equipment for the three hospitals controlled by the Local Health Authority;
  • Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital: purchase of a digital biplane angiography system and the installation of cutting-edge robotic devices to treat children with Musculoskeletal and nervous system diseases (Lokomat robot assisted walking therapy and the HIROB system) in MARLab (Movement Analysis and Robotics Laboratory), located in Santa Marinella;
  • Agostino Gemelli University General Hospital: creation of a new cardiac intensive care unit the with cutting edge electromedical technologies and CEMAD, Centro Malattie Apparato Digerente (Gastroenterology Centre) a state-of-the-art healthcare facility for diagnostics and treatment of acute and chronic diseases of the digestive system;
  • Fondazione Policlinico Tor Vergata: purchase of latest generation equipment for the department of diagnostic imaging and installation of bedside touchscreens;
  • Sant’Andrea Hospital: strengthening of the diagnostic, therapeutic and care pathway for patients with breast cancer by purchasing new equipment (mammogram, 2 high-end ultrasound machines, microdialysis analyser for postoperative monitoring of free flap reconstruction;
  • Fondazione Santa Lucia: installation of a state-of-the-art system to monitor vital signs and real-time detection of falls;
  • San Pietro Fatebenefratelli Hospital: reinforcement of the diagnostic imaging Unit by purchasing a magnetic resonance scanner and modernization of the Cancer Radiotherapy Centre by installing a TrueBeam linear accelerator;
  • Madre Giuseppina Vannini Hospital of the Isitituto Figlie di San Camillo: completion of the Mobile EHR- Electronic Health Record project, which allows doctors to access medical reports, X-rays, laboratory tests and instrumental examinations directly at the patient’s bedside;
  • Umberto I University General Hospital: completion of the, Heart Navigator This innovative system combines three-dimensional echocardiographicimaging with X-rays for transcatheter aortic valve implantation.  Purchased two high end ultrasound systems for the Head and Neck Unit and the surgery wards;
  • Campus Bio-Medico University Hospital: preparation of a new Intensive Care Unit;
  • San Camillo Forlanini Hospital: reorganisation of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit by purchasing cutting edge equipment;
  • ASL (Local Health Service) Roma 1: Pharmacy Automation (prescription, medication dispensing, inventory management) at San Filippo Neri Hospital (ongoing);
  • ASL (Local Health Service) Frosinone: purchase of equipment for its various hospital facilities (in Frosinone, Cassino, Sora)
  • ASL (Local Health Service) Roma 2: purchase of equipment for Sandro Pertini Hospital and the automation of health records in the Intensive Care Unit at Sant Eugenio Hospital;
  • ASL (Local Health Service) Roma 5: implementation of a health information system to manage the health records in its various hospital facilities (in Tivoli, Colleferro, Palestrina, Subiaco, Monterotondo);
  • ASL (Local Health Service) Roma 6: purchase of equipment for its various hospital facilities ((Albano/Genzano, Anzio, Marino, Velletri, Frascati);
  • CONI (Italian National Olympic Committee): installation of a magnetic resonance imaging scanner at the Istituto di Medicina dello Sport (Institute of Sports Medicine).
  • FONDAZIONE BIETTI: represents the first, in chronological order, structural grant issued by the Foundation for the benefit of scientific research. The IRCCS Fondazione G.B. Bietti per lo Studio e la Ricerca is a centre of excellence in its field that fosters clinical and surgical care, teaching and ophthalmologic research.
  • CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Scientific research in the bio-medical field has been one of the Chairman’s absolute priorities since 2008. Consequently, Fondazione Roma expressed its interest by supporting the best research centres, located by launching specific Calls for Proposals and selected through the peer review process.
  • MEBIC (Medical and Experimental Bioimaging Center): a project supported with conviction by the Chairman and established by the Tor Vergata University of Rome and the San Raffaele Telematic University for the purpose of examining the shape of cells magnified 1 million-fold, investigating the toxic effect of medications and molecular interaction as well as the effect of rehabilitation at the molecular and cellular level.
  • TEEP ALS: a project performed in cooperation with the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (Italian Institute of Technology), which aims to create advanced assistive tools for ALS patients, in order to meet their social interaction and communication needs through empathic and expressive technologies.
  • ISTITUTI FISIOTERAPICI OSPITALIERI – IFO: Fondazione Roma will support the purchase of a latest generation confocal microscope to be used in the ‘High-resolution Cellular Imaging at the Service of Personalized Medicine’ project. This instrument will bring advantages to translational research and precision medicine, implementing cooperation between researchers, surgeons, pathologists and oncologists in imaging after treatment with targeted molecular
  • SUPPORTING EDUCATION. Schools and universities need to keep abreast of the times to provide quality education to youths and enable them to enter the competitive workforce.  In order to address their urgent needs, the Chairman launched an annual support programme whereby every State primary, secondary and high school and university in the Provinces of Rome, Latina and Frosinone may create new labs, purchase modern equipment and technologies, multimedia stations, interactive whiteboards and any other latest generation tools needed to update their educational activities.

As soon as he took office one of the Chairman’s main objectives was to recover the Cassa di Risparmio di Roma’s historical real estate as a tangible sign of the continuity between this savings bank and Fondazione Roma and, earlier, between the Mount of Piety of Rome, established in 1539, and the Cassa di Risparmio which took it over in 1937.

  • FULL OWNERSHIP OF PALAZZO SCIARRA WAS REGAINED on the 1st of February 2008 after a difficult legal dispute with the bank of Mr Geronzi – who presumed he was the owner of the property even though the rent under a lease was paid to Foundation by the bank – which was won due to Chairman Emanuele’s determination.
  • PURCHASE OF PALAZZO CIPOLLA FROM UNICREDIT. In 2010, again at the specific proposal of the Chairman, Fondazione Roma purchased Palazzo Cipolla which, in 1874, was home to the Cassa di Risparmio di Roma, when it moved from the original, albeit temporary, headquarters in the sixteenth century Palazzo Borghese.
  • BOTH BUILDINGS WERE FULLY REFURBISHED in order to comply with the safety regulations, with the consequent restoration of the frescoes and furnishings.
  • RESTORATION OF THE RUINS OF THE AQUA VERGINE AQUEDUCT, an important construction opened in 19 B.C. and designed to supply water to the Campo Marzio district. The Chairman promoted the restoration of these ruins in the foundations of the building to duly enhance the Roman vestiges.
  • CREATION OF A SMALL CHAPEL WAS BUILT IN PALAZZO SCIARRA, to fill the lack of a place of prayer and meditation in this noble palace. The interior design and decorating were directed by Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re.
  • RECOVERY OF THE ARCHIVAL FONDS CONCERNING THE SACRED MOUNT OF PIETY OF ROME AND THE CASSA DI RISPARMIO DI ROMA FROM THE BANK (2010) An exhibition area was set up on the ground floor of Palazzo Sciarra containing a selection of documents and memorabilia such as to offer a historical excursus that starts from the Papal Bull issued by Pope Paul III ( born Alessandro Farnese) in 1539 establishing the Sacred Mount of Piety in Rome, continues with a list of the first hundred members who founded the Cassa di Risparmio di Roma in 1836 and ends with the minutes of a meeting decreeing the merger of the two credit institutions in 1937.
  • REACQUISITION OF THE ARTISTIC HERITAGE OF BOTH INSTITUTIONS, excluding the immovable works (sculptures and frescoes) that were kept in the Mount of Piety in Rome.
  • SYSTEMATIC ARRANGEMENT OF THE WORKS OF ART from the Mount of Piety and the Cassa di Risparmio di Roma. At last the artworks obtained through the negotiation with the Chairman of UniCredit, Dieter Rampl, were systematically arranged in chronological order on the ground floor and the piano nobile of the Palace as designed by Chairman Emanuele.   A selection of four hundred pieces of the precious numismatic heritage of the Cassa di Risparmio composed of over two thousand five hundred specimens of medals and coins, the most substantial part of which is the series of Papal medals, starting from Pope Martin V (born Colonna) to Pope Francis was also suitably arranged in the museum.
  • INCREASE THE ART COLLECTION. Following the Chairman’s directions, the corpus of the permanent Collection was increased until it became one of the most important private collections in Rome, with artworks ranging from 1400 to the contemporary works.
  • INSTALLATION OF THE MOST ADVANCE MULTIMEDIA SYSTEM in the sector, that provides visitors with information concerning each work of art, including who, when and why it was created, what did the artist wish to convey and the critics’ interpretation in the course of time by collecting multidisciplinary data through the new digital technologies. Hence, today the Foundation is at the forefront amongst the private collections in Italy.

At the proposal of the Chairman, since 2006 Fondazione Roma has combined its traditional commitment to health care, scientific research, especially in the biomedical field, aid to the less fortunate, education and training, art and culture, with a think tank to perform research, hold debates, provide information, ideas and medium/long term advice to institutional decision makers.

  • The BIG SOCIETY Conference organized by Fondazione Roma, titled ‘L’ESIGENZA DI UNA “BIG SOCIETY” IN ITALIA (THE NEED FOR A BIG SOCIETY IN ITALY)’ held in Rome on the 25th of November 2010.
    Another Conference titled PROGETTO BIG SOCIETY: UNA GRANDE OPPORTUNITÀ PER LA SOCIETÀ CIVILE (BIG SOCIETY PROJECT: A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR THE CIVIL SOCIETY) was held soon after (24th of February 2011) again at the Foundation and the Chairman invited, amongst others, Lord Nat Wei, Chief Adviser on Big Society to Prime Minister David Cameron.
  • WORLD SOCIAL SUMMIT. “FEARLESS: DIALOGHI PER COMBATTERE LE PAURE PLANETARIE (FEARLESS: DEBATES ON COMBATTING GLOBAL FEARS), held from the 24th to the 26th of September 2008 in Rome. This was a unique event on the theme of global fears, a feeling caused by events viewed as threats (terrorism, personal safety, environmental disasters) and mainly by the various aspects and consequences of globalization, trying to understand if fear is in some ways inevitable having become a trait of the most advanced societies and the extent to which fear is bred by the flows between the global South and the Global North.
  • PER LA CRESCITA DELL’ECONOMIA. IL DISEGNO DI LEGGE ANTICORRUZIONE (FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH: THE ANTI-CURRUPTION BILL), conference held in Rome on the 24th of April 2012 in which the Chairman underlined that corruption causes enormous economic damage and he suggested the simplification of administrative procedures, harsher punishments proportionate to the financial gain and intense work in terms of the legal culture.
  • UN MODELLO ITALIANO PER IL WELFARE. L’ORIZZONTE DEI BENI DI COMUNITÀ (AN ITALIAN WELFARE MODEL. THE HORIZON FOR COMMUNITY ASSETS) conference held in Rome on the 3rd of May 2013, in which the Chairman emphasised that the Italian social security scheme appears ‘out of kilter’ because it is financially and socially unsustainable and  measures dictated by urgency, without a structural plan, were introduced in an attempt to address the issue, whereas a far-reaching and courageous reform founded on the enhancement of a civil circular economy, centred on the concept of fraternity and opposing the political economy based on equal trade and redistribution of wealth was required without delay.   The Civil economy played a large role in Italy and arose from the galaxy of non-profit organisations that I call the “third pillar”.
  • LO SVILUPPO DELLE COMUNITÀ LOCALI: IL RUOLO DEL WELFARE CIVILE (DEVELOPMENT OF LOCAL COMMUNITIES: THE ROLE OF CIVIL WELFARE held in Rome on the 13th of May 2015, with the presentation of the outcome of the project titled Wel.Com.E. (Welfare for Community Empowerment) entirely supported by Fondazione Roma, thanks to which, beside research and training social facilitators, included civic engagement activities in Castel di Guido, in the suburbs of Rome.