The American International Club of Rome (AICR) is a non-profit organization that is open to people of all nationalities who have an interest in “things American” and who would like to keep in touch with American people and culture. Our membership is made up of approximately half Americans, 30% Italians, and the rest nationalities from all over the world.
The purpose of the Club is to encourage Americans, Italians, and citizens of other countries to meet in a congenial, relaxed atmosphere and to provide its members an opportunity to enjoy mutual interests and experiences through cultural, educational and social exchanges. The American International Club of Rome is committed to the enrichment of international friendships through participation in and support of activities of a business, social, civil and charitable nature.
The Club was established in 1953 when a group of Americans living in Rome felt the need for an organization that would provide opportunities for meeting regularly with other Americans.
Each United States Ambassador to Italy since 1954 has served as Honorary President, a practice that continues today. In addition, the United States Ambassador to the Holy See serves as the Club’s Honorary Vice President. Starting a new tradition during our 2009/2010 AICR year, the United States Ambassador to the Rome-based United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture also accepted the role of Honorary Vice President.
From the beginning, the AICR has maintained its principal purpose; to be a means for Americans and non-Americans - in the constantly changing international community in Rome - to meet and become acquainted in a congenial atmosphere, and to provide a practical instrument for the furtherance of international friendships.
AICR works towards achieving a balance between citizens of the United States and other countries. Our current goal is to maintain the membership of American citizens at a little over half in order to foster a Club environment that ensures the fullest social and cultural interaction between the American and International communities in Rome.