The Italian Almanac

Traffic in Rome

Italian News - January 17th

People in Rome, Milan and other Italian cities yesterday got around on public transport, bicycles, on foot and even on horseback as cars were banned to reduce air pollution. But in Rome and Milan, football fans were exempted, provided they had a ticket to a game.

In Rome, the ban started at 10am but was cut from eight hours to five. In Milan, the ban went from 9am to midday and from 3pm to 6pm. Smaller cities such as Brescia, Bergamo and Como also adopted bans.

Italian cities are trying to find ways of curbing pollution by restricting private vehicles. Rome and Milan are testing a ban on cars with even or odd-numbered license plates on alternate Thursdays.