Traffic passing the Colosseum
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Cars v Colosseum: Rome mayor bans traffic from key sights

12 August 2013 Last updated at 06:08 BST

Traffic has been banned from parts of central Rome under a new plan to help protect key monuments.

The city's mayor, Ignazio Marino - a cycling enthusiast - made the decision in order to protect historical monuments such as the Colosseum from the vibrations and fumes from vehicles.

But not all locals are pleased with the plan.

Alan Johnston reports from Rome.