The institutional table, chaired by the President of the Council of Ministers and composed of representatives of the central and local administrations and of the Parliament, met on 1 September 2022 to coordinate the initiatives and the implementation of the interventions and works necessary for the Jubilee of the Catholic Church expected for the year 2025. Ministers, undersecretaries, the president of the Lazio Region, the mayor of Rome and extraordinary commissioner for the Jubilee, senators, senators, deputies were present.
During the meeting the guidelines for the plan of interventions for the Jubilee were illustrated and subsequently approved.
The plan of interventions for the Jubilee
The aim of the plan is to facilitate the relationship between the city and the millions of pilgrims and visitors who will cross the walls of Rome as much as possible. They range from the redevelopment of the areas surrounding the Vatican, of those in front of the basilicas and stations, to the enhancement of the Forum area within the framework of the new plan for the central archaeological area; from the underpass at Castel Sant’Angelo to the infrastructural interventions of mobility up to the strengthening of safety systems and social assistance services; from the construction and redevelopment of pedestrian access routes to the city, to the activation of participation processes in the suburbs; from the arrangement of the Tor Vergata area to the enhancement of cleaning and decoration activities. The plan of interventions for the Jubilee, as is obvious in this circumstance, will also affect the suburbs farthest from the center and from the areas most directly affected by pilgrimages. In fact, projects in the periphery and participation processes will be activated, the intent of which is to involve the least and most distant. A way to bear witness to the hope that the Jubilee brings.
As for the various chapters that make up the plan, interventions are envisaged that reinforce what the National Recovery and Resilience Plan allows to do. The integration between the opportunities offered by the PNRR and the planning necessary in view of the advent of the jubilee year is in fact fundamental to better equip the city in view of 2025.
In this context, the investment M1C3I4.3 “Caput Mundi. Next Generation EU for major tourist events “included in the National Recovery and Resilience Plan with a total cost of 500 million euros aimed at the redevelopment and restoration of the cultural and urban heritage and complexes of high historical and architectural value in the city of Rome, and restoration of places and buildings of historical interest and archaeological routes, the redevelopment of sites located in peripheral areas, the implementation of interventions on parks, historic gardens, villas and fountains, the digitization of cultural services and development of apps for tourists and to the increase of the cultural offer in the suburbs to promote social inclusion.
Plan. Mobility infrastructures
As far as mobility is concerned, the infrastructures at the service of the places of the Jubilee will be built and strengthened, starting from the Vatican area. The construction of tramways is planned, improving the access of pilgrims to the areas of major events. The usability of the large stations will be improved starting with a redevelopment of their access areas. The opening of the C metro stop at the Colosseum by 2024 will be very important.
As regards vehicular traffic, on the other hand, a vehicular underpass will be built in Piazza Pia and the pedestrian underpass in Piazza Risorgimento, the latter also useful for improving and enhancing access to the Vatican Museums. As regards the A and B metro lines, an extraordinary maintenance plan will be implemented. The Atac will massively renew its fleet.
As regards train traffic and navigation services, the Termini – Fiumicino connections and the regional railway service will be strengthened; the activities relating to the closure of the railway ring will be advanced.
“Gentle” mobility, of a pedestrian or cycle type, will be enhanced, starting with the GRAB, the great ring road for bicycles, which will also allow for the redevelopment of the areas it crosses, and the Monte Ciocci – San Pietro cycle path. Furthermore, the 2025 Jubilee is also the occasion to redevelop or build some pedestrian access routes to the city (Cammino di San Francesco, Cammino di San Benedetto, Via Francigena), including the connection to the Network of Pilgrims’ Routes and the completion of the stretch of the Tyrrhenian cycle route between Rome and Fiumicino.
Redevelopment and enhancement of jubilee places
In order to enhance access to the Jubilee areas, the redevelopment of some pedestrian paths is planned (Via di Santo Spirito, Via dei Corridori, Via Ottaviano-San Pietro, crossing Via del Banco di Santo Spirito-Ponte Sant’Angelo, Via di Porta Angelica) as well as a plan to enhance the pavement of the streets of the city center and the implementation of the Sanpietrini Plan in Borgo Pio, Via Crescenzio, Via Cola di Rienzo and others. The latter, in a special way, also has the objective of “mending” the urban areas concerned, making homogeneous the pavement typical of the Roman tradition. Via della Conciliazione will be pedestrianized, as well as redeveloped with decorative interventions (poles, signs, lighting)..
Always in this context, the redevelopment of the basilical areas, of the areas in front of the Jubilee churches and of fifteen parvises of suburban churches will be carried out. The redevelopment will also affect some railway stations such as that of San Pietro, including the surrounding areas. The stations and the surrounding areas, in fact, are hubs of approach to the Vatican, and it is essential that they are comfortable, clean and safe.CopyAMP code
Particular attention will also be dedicated to the renovation of public green spaces, through the creation of parks overlooking the Tiber and the redevelopment of the green in some historic villas.
The road maintenance will also concern the pedestrian underpass of Gregory VII, the pedestrian path of the Promenade del Gelsomino-via della Stazione Vaticana, the Lungotevere, as well as, more generally, the main and municipal roads of the city, including the sidewalks.
The Jubilee of welcome and participation
A central role is assigned to hospitality, participation and the peripheries, with a point of view also directed towards the interior of the city borders.
The reception services will be strengthened to ensure that everyone and everyone can take part in the Jubilee events. A new Youth Hostel will also be set up, because a large number of pilgrims will be made up of girls and boys, who will witness the jubilee hope en masse. Social services will be strengthened, so that the least and most disadvantaged can in turn bear witness to hope, so that this really takes shape. Furthermore, towards the urban periphery, where the hardship and suffering are more marked, projects and paths of participation will be developed in every municipality of the Roman periphery, in total coherence with the Jubilee message.
As far as major events are concerned, the design of the Tor Vergata area is planned, an area that lends itself to situations of this type, already experienced in the past.
The capital is heir to the results achieved by the Jubilee of 2000 and, subsequently, by the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, when the great social, ethical and moral issues came up against the great religious issues and a debate of high civil content was opened. on the human condition of the weakest, the least and on the problems that women, young people, workers, the elderly and families experience every day, as shown by the sudden visits to many of those places made by Pope Francis on the so-called Fridays of Mercy.
An event of this size, with such participation, requires an adequate safety plan. For this reason, there will be an enhancement of all citizen security systems, starting with the video surveillance system.