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FAO Rome

 

the Logo of the FAO

Where is the United Nations FAO in Rome located ? standing in front of the Circus Maximus and remembering Charlton Heston in Ben Hur, you feel little disappointed about seeing no more than a spot of fresh green grass.

So you run away towards south and is it you see? A huge complex dedicated completely to leisure. Well, that is, used to leisure during the Roman Empire. Much more than a series of baths with a fridarium (cold room), tepidarium (medium) and caldarium (hot room) and palaestras (gyms where boxing and wrestling was practiced), the north part holds a natatio or swimming pool.

Terme di Caracalla

You feel sorry about the fact that we are talking about Caracalla Baths which are no longer operating (but it was till the 19th century).Roman people certainly knew how to entertain and have fun , they had an exedrae on the east and west sides of the complex were libraries were located, and entire section for shops. The heating system was based on a hypocaust, burning coal and wood underneath the ground, it use to be the cause of some pollution problems even at that time.

The admission fee is 6 euros, does not apply to students of pensioners of U.E On summer the Rome opera season is held here also, it is quite a backdrop for that.

Not far from there you find the huge building of the FAO.

What’s that?

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, first session in 1945 Quebec, headquarters in Rome since 1951.

FAO Headquarters

The aim of this organization is to defeat hunger, working both developed and developing countries, in order to improve and modernize agriculture, forestry, fisheries and ensure good nutrition for everybody.

How do they work?

FAO helps people and nations help themselves. So if a community wants to increase crop yields but does not have the technical skills, they provide tools and techniques. If a country goes from state to private land ownership, they give legal advice. Whenever a drought pushes already vulnerable groups to the point of famine, they go into action. The FAO provide a neutral meeting place and the background knowledge needed to reach an agreement.

Who is doing the job?

The Conference of Member Nations meets every two years to review the work carried out by the Organization and approve a Programme of Work and Budget for the next couple of years. The Conference selects council of 49 Member Nations. The members serve a three year term. Also a Director-General is elected, the current Director-General is Jacques Diouf of Senegal, re-elected two times and in charge since 1994.

FAO General Secretary Jacques Diouf

The organization is composed of the following departments: Agriculture and Consumer Protection; Economic and Social Development; Fisheries and Aquaculture; Forestry; Human, Financial and Physical Resources; Knowledge and Communication; Natural Resources Management and Environment and Technical Cooperation.

FAO employs more than 3 600 staff members – around 1600 professional and 2 000 general service staff –five regional offices, nine sub-regional offices, five liaison offices and 74 fully-fledged country offices (excluding those hosted in Regional and Sub-regional Offices), and of course its headquarters in Rome.

 

Where are the other delegations?

Fao Meetings

The decentralized offices are located in:

  • Regional Offices for Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Near East and Europe
  • Sub-regional Offices for Central Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Central Africa, Eastern Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, West Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Islands
  • Liaison Offices in Geneva, Washington D.C., New York, Brussels and Yokohama; and
  • 78 Country Representatives.

Did you know that another United Nations Organization has offices in Rome  ? It  is the Unicef, which is right in the centre of Rome too, near our Hotels in Rome.

Caracalla Baths, Rome

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The Caracalla Baths in Rome are close to the FAO and the Coloseum, in an extremely green area of the eternal City and in easy reach of your hotel or Bed and Breakfast in central Rome.

They are open to visitors from 9 am until hour before sunset, and the nearest metro stop is Circo Massimo on line B (Circus Maximus).

The baths, completed in 253 were probably the biggest built in ancient times. Caracalla, son of Settimio Severo, opened the complex which were functional until 537.

Inside view of Caracalla

They had an igienic purpose since they were used as bathrooms and toilets, but they also provided saunas, hot and cold baths, massages and physical exercise was possible too and even some athletic contests took place : this was an occasion of meeting and socialising in ancient Rome.

At peak times the baths could have 8000 visitors a day. The decorations of marble and bronze were luxurious and the size of the buildings huge : up to 30 metres high in some areas, and in total 80000 m3 of water. On the top floor an oven operated with wood would heat the whole area through a heating system through tubes that would heat up the floors. And on the underground floor were the gutters taking the waters away from the building.

In the same area you will be able to visit the Coloseum and the Circus Maximus, and since you will certainly stopover for a few days we recommend you stay in central and comfortable hotel.