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THIS MONTH News & Views

MARCH ITALIA!

Tour buses have been banned from the centre of Rome
Protests brought the city to a standstill

Off the buses!

Rome experienced some unexpected pre-Christmas travel chaos after a recent ruling that will restrict tourist buses in the city. Protests from tour operators and coach hire unions brought the city to a standstill after it was announced that tourist buses would be banned from the historical centre from January 2019. Dozens of coaches piled into Piazza Venezia on 20 December and the blockade forced the closure of several roads, backed up traffic and disrupted public bus services across the city.

The Mayor of Rome, Virginia Raggi, criticised the protestors’ actions as “unacceptable”.

She wants to restrict coach access to the city’s historic attractions in order to reduce pollution and protect the historical treasures. Those protesting the ban claim it will damage tourism and affect local shops, guides and restaurants. However, the protest has done nothing to elicit sympathy from locals who are reportedly tired of the buses taking over the roads and didn’t appreciate the near-total paralysis of the city’s traffic in the run-up to Christmas.

Mayor Raggi stands by her decision
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Our new issue will take you from the chilly alpine splendour of Courmayeur in Valle d’Aosta right down to Sicily – visit the majestic Valley of the Temples near Agrigento or stay nearby at the Verdura Resort. A recent fl ying visit to Florence inspired our ‘48 Hours’ feature this month; from new discoveries at the Duomo to a new way of getting around (by tuk-tuk), this venerable city is always a pleasure to visit. And, turning to another alternative mode of transport, we take a tour around Lake Garda by e-bike.