Rome mayor wants to extend car-free zones to outskirts

'City is more than the historic center' says Marino

Rome mayor wants to extend car-free zones to outskirts

Rome, August 20 - The mayor of Rome said Tuesday his plan to ban cars from major traffic points in the center extends to neighborhoods in the outskirts as well. "I have an even more ambitious project," Ignazio Marino told Italian radio. "The city is more than the downtown area. We need to make pedestrian-only zones in other neighborhoods, so people can enjoy taking a stroll, shopping, and chatting, enriching the urban decor". Earlier this month Marino launched the first phase of a car ban on the road leading through the Roman Forum to the Colosseum. Despite vocal opposition, he plans to extend the car-free zone throughout the entire area, creating by his estimate the biggest archeological park in the world. In an interview with daily Corriere della Sera published Tuesday, the mayor said the plan would also span from the central square of Piazza Venezia to Piazza del Popolo - down three connected streets known locally as the "trident" - encompassing landmarks such as the Spanish Steps and the Tomb of Augustus.

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