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Mylène Hentz - Rome

"1st choose to live nearby the school (car traffic is very tense and public transport is stuck in the 20th century)
2nd get in touch with association and private assistance: public services are confusing, slow and pretty low level.
3rd double check all the information you get
4th Learn Italian ASAP"
(MH, Feb 2013)

  • What is your name, age and how long have you lived in Rome?
    Mylène Hentz, 42 years old, in Rome since summer 2006.

    Whereabouts do you live and what is the area like?
    Living in center near Flaminia, and near the French school.

    Why did you decide to move there?
    It was enough for me to live in Paris, grey sky and crazy rhythm,
    fall in love of the eternal city, light, climate !

    What nationality are you and your partner?
    I’m french, my partner is italian.

    How many children do you have, what are their names and when were they born?

    Have two girls, Chiara and Stella both born in Paris.

    Do you work and if so what do you do?
    I have my own company, start as free lance during 5 years and after opened a company, Agenzia Stella Cadente.

    What was your experience of relocating to the region with your children?
    Internet network, French association and a lot of transpiration allowed me to sort everything by myself.

    How well integrated would you say you and your children are?
    We are well integrated because we want it.
    I think it depends about your own desire to be integrated or not.

    What language do you speak to your children?
    French and italian

    Do you think it essential to speak Italian where you live? How good was your knowledge of Italian before you moved to Rome?
    I didn’t speak Italian before coming and now I’m fluent.

    Do you rent or own a property and how did you find the renting/buying process?
    I rent. Finding the appropriate house is quite difficult if you do it by your own.
    Agencies and relationships help a lot.

    How welcoming have the locals been towards you and your family?
    Quite friendly, romans love children and pets.

    What is your impression of education where you live?
    Education in Rome is quiet old style and not really open-minded.

    What school do your children go to?
    My daughters are go to the French school.

    Why did you choose this school and are you happy with your choice?
    I’m very happy about my choice and it was for me very importante that my daughters receive a French education and avoid
    the Italian public school.

    Are there any services, activities for kids, day-trips for kids, family-friendly restaurants or kids’ shops you’d like to recommend?
    No because after Paris I’m feeling Rome really poor in child activities and leisure.
    You know, this town has been ruled by warriors and catholic for ages and they never paid to much attention to family’s leisure.

    What do you think are the main advantages and disadvantages of being a parent from the International Community living in the region?
    I have a network of people who live a similar experience and we help each other very often.

    Is there anything you think would improve children´s lives where you live?
    Yep, definitely. I think that a woman mayor would focus on families needs, improve facilities
    a launch new projects.

    What advice would you give for anyone having a baby or thinking of relocating to Rome with children?
    1st choose to live nearby the school (car traffic is very tense and public transport is stuck in the 20th century)
    2nd get in touch with association and private assistance: public services are confusing, slow and pretty low level.
    3rd double check all the information you get
    4th Learn Italian ASAP

    What couldn´t you live without in Rome?
    My daughters! of course.

    What could you live without in Rome?!
    I live wihout so many things that I can’t figure out just one ;-) 

    Feb 2013