On 21st September 2017, several Italian volunteers participated in the 30th Anniversary of the Peace Run in Rome, to promote peace as an inner awareness and not simply as an opposite or antidote to war. The SSIO of Italy joined this annual event to raise public awareness about the importance of inner peace. About 7,000 thematic drawings by children all over the world were also exhibited at the Coliseum in Rome. The opening ceremony was held within the Coliseum itself – historically known for hosting fierce fights in ancient Rome and now used to promote peace and mutual understanding.