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Cars Banned From Rome’s Forum and Colosseum

Monday, August 05, 2013

(Arpingstone)ROME, ITALY—New mayor of Rome Ignazio Marino has closed the major route through the forum and the Colosseum to all traffic except for buses, taxis, bicycles, and emergency vehicles. Built by Benito Mussolini, the road divides the historic district. Mayor Ignazio wants to protect archaeological monuments and uncover the forums of Nerva, Julius Caesar, Trajan, and Augustus buried under the avenue. “I don’t think any other city in the world… would have turned the Colosseum, probably the most famous monument on the planet, into a roundabout,” he said. But reduced traffic during the month of August could erupt into chaos next month.