Rome to remove cobblestones from its main roads

It’s been dubbed the “Sampietrini Plan” after Rome’s distinctive square cobbles (known as sampietrini for St Peter’s Square, which they famously line): rip up the traditional paving from 68 main roads and replace it with tarmac, but keep the blocks and reuse them in smaller streets where only pedestrians have to contend with them.

The roads that will lose their cobbles include Via Nazionale, which runs between Piazza della Repubblica near Termini train station to Piazza Venezia, and Viale Aventino, the wide boulevard that passes…
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