Our Mission

We help vulnerable families improve their lives, with benefits that can extend to future generations.

Working closely with mothers, we promote their well-being and their children’s healthy development, by providing services that address hardships, deprivations, and social isolation.

By establishing a relationship of respect, trust, and support, we help each mother gain confidence in her own talents and skills. Together we expand opportunities for the personal and social growth of all family members.

Pianoterra Association

Association Pianoterra Onlus helps and supports vulnerable families. Our services are directed primarily to mothers and their children, because by improving the starting conditions of a young life, many of the health and developmental problems induced by poverty and social isolation can be prevented and their transmission from one generation to the next averted.

The name “Pianoterra”, “ground floor”, signals our street-level, eye-level approach to the lives of the vulnerable families we serve. It helps us understand both the daily hardships they contend with and their capacity for more fully developing their potential.

Pianoterra establishes with each mother a “pact of mutual commitment and responsibility.” The material aid we provide to mothers for free meets urgent needs – for powdered milk, baby clothes, and other items. But this is just the starting point. Our multidisciplinary team of experts custom-tailors a plan for each family, and coordinates it with the network of family service agencies and organizations we partner with. The plans link family members with services that can strengthen their health and well-being, and help them gain confidence in their own talents, skills, and capabilities.

Our History


Pianoterra is founded in 2008 on the initiative of Alessia Bulgari, Flaminia Trapani, and Ciro Nesci. Sharing a strong desire for social justice, they join forces professionally to create projects that can help vulnerable mothers and their children thrive.


“Right to breastfeed” is Pianoterra’s first project. The collaboration with Father Antonio Loffredo, a parish priest and community leader in the Rione Sanità neighbourhood in Naples, begins, with the project “La casa di Tonia”.


Pianoterra opens an office in Naples, at Piazza San Domenico Maggiore, 3.


The collaboration with the young musicians of Sanitansamble Youth Orchestra begins. Alessia Bulgari makes a documentary film about this.


A collaboration with Save the Children Italia begins. In our Naples headquarters a “Spazio Mamme” (“Moms’ Space”) is established as part of a regional network launched by Save the Children Italia in several Italian cities, to serve pregnant women, mothers, and children aged 0 to 6.

Save the Children Italia authorizes Pianoterra to manage “Fiocchi in ospedale” (“Baby ribbons in the hospital”) at the Cardarelli Hospital in Naples. This project is part of a program to provide counselling and a help desk in Italian hospitals for women who are about to give birth or have just had a baby and for their families.

Foundation Pianoterra is established in Rome to tackle poverty, social isolation, and inequality through projects that use culture as a tool for nurturing resilience, creativity, and collaboration.

Pianoterra opens an office in Rome, at Largo Sant’Alfonso 5, 00185.


“Punto Luce Sanità”, an educational space for children and teenagers aged 6-16, opens in our Naples office as part of a national program implemented by Save the Children Italia to combat educational disadvantage and social isolation due to poverty.

Our collaboration with Association Antropos begins in Rome’s Tor Sapienza district, with the project “From mum to mum”.


We launch “1000 Days,” a major project conceived in collaboration with the Cultural Association of Paediatricians. It serves pregnant women, new parents, and children aged 0-3 who live in conditions of hardship in Naples’s Punto Luce Sanità (Rione Sanità) neighbourhood and Rome’s La Casetta delle Arti e dei Giochi (Tor Sapienza) district.


Pianoterra celebrates its 10th anniversary and published a book about its first ten years of activities, with insights, stories and data on activities and projects.

We launch our project NEST, a national initiative of participated planning to tackle child educational poverty in four Italian cities (Naples, Rome, Milan, Bari). In this project, which will last three years, we lead a group of 21 partners ranging from public bodies to no-profit organizations.


We start our collaboration with some local organizations to bring our 1000 Days services to Castel Volturno (CE), working especially with migrant women coming from West Africa.

In our premises in Sanità district, in Naples, we inaugurate an Educational Center dedicated to children and teenagers and their families, with activities and projects implemented in collaboration with the local network of grassroots organizations.


Our presence in Castel Volturno become more stable with the inauguration of a 1000 Days help desk.

We launch another 1000 Days desk in Rome, in the Esquilino district, not far from Termini Station.

We strengthen our presence in Rome, with the project Tornasole, an initiative to tackle child educational poverty in Tor Bella Monaca district.