The Italian Almanac


Italian News - June 24

Horses drawing Rome's traditional carriages will be required to wear a pair of "nappies" from next week in a bid to keep the city's streets clean. The nappies, which are in fact buckets wrapped in red and grey nylon and strapped on the back of the horses, will be mandatory for all of the city's 43 "botticelle", as the city's carriages are known.

The move is part of a deal agreed to this week by city authorities and the guild representing Rome's botticelle drivers.

Used by everyday Romans as taxis during the 19th century, the botticelle are particularly popular among foreign visitors. They can usually be found around the city's tourist hot spots, such as St Peter's Basilica, the Trevi fountain and the Colosseum.