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Interviews with Mums

Suzanna Caula - Rome

"Rome with children is no fairy tale, things are difficult, but the weather is nice, people are friendly and there are a lot of things to do ad see, but the traffic is horrendous, it takes ages to drive from one area to another so you tend to stick to your local area and Balduina is very nice for this, because it has a lot of shops and has a village feeeling, people meet in the local square and everybody seems to know each other. You need to find this quarters in rome, which are residential but nice" (SC, March 2012)

  • What is your name, age and how long have you lived in Rome?
    I am of british/italian nationality and my husband is Italian

    How many children do you have, what are their names and when were they born?
    I have 2 girls Bianca and Caterina(Katie) they are 4 and 6 years old and they were born in rome
     

    Do you work and if so what do you do?
    I am an english teacher

    Did you buy or rent your property? How did you find the process?
    we own our house, the process of buying is quite straight forward

    How well integrated would you say you and your family are?
    Very well integrated with italians and the internatinal community

    What language do you speak to your children?
    i speak english to my children and I think it is essential to speak a little italian as the english level here is very poor
     

    What is your impression of childcare and education in Rome?
    The overall education system in Italy at the moment is going through a difficult moment with all the goverment cuts, so you would have to choose the schools very carefully; then of course you have the choise of many international schools, very expensive though!

    What do you think are the main advantages and disadvantages of being a parent from the International Community living in Rome?
    The first advantage is knowing you wont be here for ever! there is a lot going on in the international community so you can stick with english speaking people, and a disadvantage is if you dont speak italian at all it is very difficult to integrate

    How welcoming were the locals when you arrived in Rome?
    the locals are very welcoming but beeing a big city people are busy with their lives so it is not so easy to make good friends, you need time to integrate

    Would you say your area is family-friendly and is there anything you think would improve children´s lives where you live?
    there are no family- friendly areas in Rome!!! My area is very nice, in Rome you need a car to move around, pubblic transport are not suitable with buggies, its a struggle all the time, on trains or on buses. In my area I would create more parks for children to play in.

    What advice would you give for anyone having a baby or thinking of relocating to Rome with children?
    living in Rome with children is no fairy tale, things are difficult, but the weather is nice, people are friendly and there are a lot of things to do ad see, but the traffic is horrendous, it takes ages to drive from one area to another so you tend to stick to your local area and Balduina is very nice for this, because it has a lot of shops and has a village feeeling, people meet in the local square and everybody seems to know each other. You need to find this quarters in rome, which are residential but nice.

    What could you live without in Rome?!
    i could live without a lot of things in rome!! the traffic, the dirt, the people, the terrible burocracy!!
     

    March 2012