This week the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See begins its move to a new Chancery building that will be a significant upgrade in the quality, size, and safety of our facility. The new building will provide a secure and modern workspace for staff and visitors in a space that is substantially larger than our current building.
The new Chancery will be on the campus that houses the other two U.S. missions in Rome – the U.S. Embassy to Italy and the U.S. Mission to the United Nations Agencies in Rome. The relocation fulfills U.S. Department of State security recommendations, particularly the renewed call for U.S. government facilities to be collocated when they are in the same metropolitan area. Costs will also decrease in the long-term as we will no longer have to pay the leasing charges for the current building.
The newly renovated Chancery building is also a more environmentally-friendly facility. It incorporates various systems efficiency upgrades to conserve resources and reduce operating costs. The building is the first U.S. diplomatic facility to obtain certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) in the Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance category.
Ambassador Hackett emphasized, “We are looking forward to a larger, more modern facility that can provide a more functional space for our staff. The U.S. relationship with the Holy See is important and continues to grow as we work together to promote human rights, social justice, and peace around the world. The new facility affords us a more robust workspace from which to conduct our engagement with the Vatican and the Catholic humanitarian and academic communities in Rome. We will have greater space for the future possibility of staff increases, and we will have a significant increase in space to host visitors for meetings and events.”
The U.S. Embassy to the Holy See will open its new facility on Monday, August 17. Embassy staff will formally inaugurate the new Chancery building in early September with high-level U.S. Department of State and Holy See officials.
The new address of the Embassy is:
Via Sallustiana, 49
00187 Rome, Italy
Phone numbers of staff will remain the same.
The Embassy invites you to take a virtual tour of the new facility: