A large-scale restyling programme involving pedestrianisation, traffic restrictions and a new look is underway in the area of Rome known as the Tridente. Located in the heart of the historic centre, the Tridente is centred around Via del Corso and spans Piazza del Popolo, Piazza di Spagna and the river Tiber.
The most significant aspect of the scheme is the pedestrianisation of Piazza di Spagna, making it impossible for those without a pass to enter the popular square between 10.00 and 18.00. Some 2,000 passes have been sent to local residents. The launch date of the pedestrian system will be decided on 8 September after a meeting between the city of Rome and traffic police.
The first phase of work began on 26 August on Via di Ripetta, one of the Tridente's principal thoroughfares. There are traffic restrictions on the street until December, affecting a number of buses whose routes have been changed.
The work, which includes the relaying of pavements and cobblestones (sampietrini) , will be carried out in three stages: between Piazza Popolo and Via del Vantaggio, from Via del Vantaggio to Via Canova, and between Via Canova and Piazza Augusto Imperatore.
The Tridente programme of works follows the presentation in May of the design for the restyling of the area around the Ara Pacis museum complex, scheduled to begin in October.