Rome prepares for Rolling Stones

Street closures around Circus Maximus

Rome is gearing up to welcome the Rolling Stones who perform the only Italian date of their world tour 14 on Fire at the Circus Maximus on Sunday 22 June.

The preparations include bus diversions and the closure of a number of roads around the Circus Maximus, as well as ensuring that nobody camps out in the vicinity before the concert by the veteran British rockers. The plan is to create a "protected area" between the Lungotevere, the Colosseum, the Baths of Caracalla and the Aventine. The only people permitted to access this zona rossa will be residents and those in possession of a Rolling Stones ticket.

The evening of Thursday 19 June will see the closure of Via dei Cerchi which runs from the Bocca della Verità to Via di S. Gregorio, the street linking the Circus Maximus with the Colosseum. This will be followed by other road closures and bus diversions on Saturday 21 June, while on the day of the gig the Circus Maximus metro B station will close at 13.30.

As for the Stones, they are reportedly staying at the exclusive St Regis Hotel near Piazza Repubblica, whose luxury suites range in price from €2,320 to €14,000 per night.

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