SOS Children's Villages has been present in Italy since 1956, when an SOS Holiday Camp was built in the north of the country. Shortly after, the organisation started working with local children and their families in the town of Trento, in the north of Italy. At present SOS Children's Villages supports children, young people and families in seven places in Italy.
The SOS Children's Village Rome is located in the region of Lazio in the central part of Italy. The Italian capital city Rome has approx. 2.6 million inhabitants, is situated on the banks of the river Tiber and was built on seven hills. The region of Lazio is formed by the provinces of Rome, Frosinone, Latina, Rieti and Viterbo. The area called Campagna Romana and the Pontinian Marshes are important centres of agricultural production where fruit and vegetable, cereals and cotton are cultivated and cattle as well as sheep are breeded.
The SOS Children's Village Rome was constructed between 1984 and 1986 in the northwest of Rome on a site of approx. 20,000 m². In March 1987, the first SOS mothers and children moved to their new homes. The SOS Children's Village consists of eight family houses, the house of the Village Director, offices and rooms for social activities. The spacious park of the SOS Children's Village is used as an enormous playground by the about 60 SOS children.