Rome's Tangenziale finally reopens

Bypass closed since January landslides

The tangenziale ringroad at Corso Francia in northern Rome has reopened following a five-month closure caused by landslides during the storms in January.

Rome's mayor Ignazio Marino said that the hill alongside the road has been made safe, "securing the lives of dozens of families" living in the area.

The length of time it took to carry out the works caused controversy among local residents and commuters. Within weeks of the works beginning in February, ironic graffiti messages began appearing on the blocked road such as "Mio nonno con una pala avrebbe già finito" (My grandfather with a shovel would have already finished) and "Pure mio fijo, co' paletta e secchiello, avrebbe finito!" (Even my son, with a bucket and spade, would have finished!).