Roman holiday: Nutter politicks at the Pantheon

Posted: March 26, 2014

VATICAN CITY — Hours after arriving in Rome, the local delegation did a photo op outside the Pantheon for Philadelphia journalists who made the trip.

Reacting to the herd of camera crews following Mayor Nutter and Gov. Corbett, confused Italians and tourists crowded around and asked one another who the celebrities were.

Ever the politician, Nutter dived right in, greeting strangers as if they were potential voters at a campaign stop in Philly.

He ended up finding a couple from Gettysburg and posted a selfie with them on Twitter.

Nutter gets a cannoli

For their first meal in Rome, the group dined at Ristorante Di Rienzo near the Pantheon.

They had a traditional three-course Italian meal: antipasto, a pasta dish and a fish entree.

Nutter sat with Archbishop Charles Chaput, accounting executive Bob Ciaruffoli and insurance mogul-turned-philanthropist James Maguire.

Nutter and his chief of staff, Everett Gillison, left lunch early. Nutter returned to the hotel with a cannoli.


City Councilman Jim Kenney, who is not on the Rome trip, is launching a social-media campaign to encourage

His plan is to popularize a #PhillyLovesFrancis hashtag on Twitter and to produce videos and slide shows of local residents explaining why they like the pope.

Kenney, a Catholic and a St. Joseph’s Prep graduate, said in a statement that a papal visit would be “an opportunity to build on and expand the city’s diversity, tolerance for others and hope for the future.”

On Twitter: @SeanWalshDN

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