Rome becomes more pedestrianised

Cars banned in additional areas around Colosseum and Piazza di Spagna

The second phase of pedestrianisation along Rome's Via dei Fori Imperiali begins on 28 June and remains in effect until 31 August.

During that time the street, which runs parallel to the Roman Forum, will be closed to private traffic between Piazza Venezia and Largo Corrado Ricci at the bottom of Via Cavour. The traffic ban will be in force 24 hours a day but does not apply to taxis, registered chauffeur-driven cars and tourist buses, all of which must turn on to Largo Corrado Ricci. The only vehicles permitted to use the entire length of Via dei Fori Imperiali, from the Colosseum to Piazza Venezia, are public buses, emergency vehicles and bicycles. Also closed during the same period is the stretch of Via di S. Giovanni in Laterano between the Colosseum and Via Ostilia.

The area around Piazza di Spagna will be off-limits to motorised vehicles from 4 August, as part of Rome mayor Ignazio Marino's plan to pedestrianise the area known as the Tridente by 30 November, in time for the Christmas shopping season. The main streets in question are Via del Corso, Via Ripetta and Via del Babuino.

Located in the heart of the historic centre, the trident-shaped area is centred around Via del Corso and spans Piazza del Popolo, Piazza di Spagna and the river Tiber.

Marino recently announced massive price hikes to the cost of residential and commercial parking permits in the limited traffic zones (ZTL) of the historic centre. However subsequently his traffic councillor Guido Improta said that the level of increases would be reviewed following protests from city centre residents.