Aug 03, 2013
By Bob Komsic
Rome has banned cars and motors scooters from the boulevard that slices through the city’s ancient Roman forums toward the Colosseum.
Police began enforcing the new restrictions today, diverting private cars and motor scooters to side streets so they’ll no longer clog the famed Via dei Fori Imperiali.
Only buses, taxis, bicycles and pedestrians are allowed on that boulevard, which was constructed in the 1930s by dictator Benito Mussolini so military parades could roll past reminders of the ancient Roman empire.
The new mayor says the ban will stop the Colosseum from being a traffic ”roundabout” and cut pollution.
Sidewalks have been widened so people can leisurely stroll down the boulevard.