The city of Rome baptized a small square on Tuesday named after a former President of the Republic. But the ceremony was marred by an embarrassing misspelling.
The travertine plaque in honor of Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, president from 1999 to 2006, remained covered with a fabric in the colors of Rome (yellow and red) during the inauguration ceremony. Indeed, his middle name had been written “Azelio”.
Imagine the scene.
Rome’s city centre almost inaccessible because of a ceremony to dedicate a street to former Italian president Carlo AzeGlio Ciampi, joined even by the incumbent head of State Mattarella.
But the sign doesn’t get unveiled.
Ciampi’s name was misspelled. pic.twitter.com/ZVOXSiAlH0
– Antonello Guerrera (@antoguerrera) June 1, 2021
A new plate installed
This misstep occurred in the presence of the current president, Sergio Mattarella, the two children of Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, and the mayor of Rome Virginia Raggi, whose management is highly contested. City Hall’s official excuse for leaving the plaque covered during the ceremony was that it had been damaged during installation, but those present could see the fault through the fabric.
The plaque was changed, but only after the ceremony. “I was warned only this morning, I immediately gave orders to install a new plate, which is already in place,” defended the mayor, candidate for re-election this fall and made fun of the social networks after this blunder.
Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, who died in 2016 at the age of 96, was also Prime Minister (1993-1994) and Head of the Bank of Italy (1979-1993). The square dedicated to him is located along the Tiber at the foot of the Aventine, one of the Seven Hills of Rome.