The high quality of both the studies and the Italian archival tradition is well known. In line with this tradition, there are, among others, the manuals and reflections of Eugenio Casanova, Elio Lodolini, Claudio Pavone, and Paola Carucci, some of the most popular names, but also numerous more recent studies and experiences, like the development of the archival descriptive systems and digital libraries concerning the archival heritage in the State Archives and that in the non-State Archives (such as private and local public archives).

Several Italian archivists were involved in ICA activities during the last few years, taking part in working groups and professional sections.

Hosting the Annual ICA Conference is an opportunity to strengthen ties with the various archival traditions and to renew the connections, starting from the new generations of professionals, who have just entered the General Direction of Archives in the past two years.

Italian colleagues in ICA organizations, of which Maria Guercio, and members of the ICA Programme Committee (2012-2020), will be natural liaising elements.


Rome’s history spans 28 centuries. A true dream for historians, archaeologists, and art historians, Italy and Rome’s heritage can be found everywhere throughout the city, and inside the numerous archives preserved in the palaces and buildings scattered around its 19 municipalities.

The State Archives of Rome, holding documents from the old Papal rule in the territories of the State of the Church, to the contemporary ones concerning the area of the Province of Rome is located in an ancient wonderful building in the very centre of the city, a masterpiece of the famous Baroque architect Borromini.

Not far from the State Archives is the Archivio storico Capitolino, the historical archive of the Municipality, from Middle Ages to recent days.

The Archivio centrale dello Stato (Central State Archives) in the area of EUR, preserves the historical documentation of the unitary Italian State as the documentation produced by the central state bodies (government, administrative, judicial and consultative); the archives received from public bodies of national importance; archives of national importance received from private individuals.

Since 2017 the Archive keeps the documentation produced by the central organs of the State and by the Intelligence bureau relating to the most significant episodes of terrorism in the country: the kidnapping and killing of Aldo Moro (1978) and the massacres that marked the history of the country from Piazza Fontana (12 December 1969) to Rapido 904 (23 December 1984)

The religious communities in Rome own precious archival treasures, just to mention two: the worldwide famous Vatican Secret Archive, with its 85km of documentation, and the notable Historical Archive of the Roman Jewish Community.


In Cinecittà Studios, where many Academy Award-winning movies have been set, Italy’s most important audio-visual archives, such as the Istituto Luce Archives enlisted in the Memory of the World Register, are kept.


Rome has an unbreakable bond with art. In addition to visitors of its wonderful galleries, the city has welcomed, for more than a century, young artists and scholars in its 22 international academies.

Artist archives are well represented in Rome: Villa Torlonia hosts the archive of the Scuola Romana, offering a comprehensive view of this art movement born between the two wars.


Full address: Viale Manzoni, 1, 00185 Roma

Sited in a prestigious location, in the heart of the historic center, just 15 minutes walking from the Colosseum, the Antonianum Auditorium, with 572 seats and 4 different meeting rooms fully accessible to anyone and equipped with top-level technologies, combines the courtesy of the people with advanced technological expertise and the charm of an elegant building.

The history of the Antonianum Auditorium begins in 1947 when the architects Mario Paniconi and Giulio Pediconi were commissioned to redact the design of an Aula Magna to accommodate students and events of the Antonianium Pontifical University, as well as classrooms for lessons and a library.

The new Aula Magna was located in the courtyard of the University with the typical shape of Parliaments and Academies, excellent in terms of visibility and geometric regularity of the seats. The acoustics were studied by Prof. Giacomini, Director of the Electro-Acoustic Institute in Rome.

The restorations, completed in 2010, have made the charming original structure an efficient and avant-garde Congress and Events Center, with functional and versatile spaces for every type of meeting, integrated with the most advanced technologies.