Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Carfree in Italy

A calm street, Siena

My family (father, his wife and my elder brother) went to Rome with the train. It took us five days to travel there with three stops in Germany and one in Switzerland. Home "only" 32 hours. Here is some of the pictures I made. Another post will come from Cinque terre, five small cities along the Italian coast, completly carfree. See also the post these cars, to see some links to carfree cities and places.

Pictures here are from Siena, Rome, Genova. Pisa and Florence. All cities with a lot of cars but also a lot of limitations. However, in all of the cities some streets where very busy while others where almost empty. Normal was also very small cars and scooters and they took care of walking people.

 Rome. Simple construction makes it easy to use the full street when no cars and moving when they are on their way.

Piazza del Campo, Siena

Escalator from the station which had a shopping center in several layers in the hill slide, Siena

The long long escalator, Siena

A small path down the hill of Gianicolo, just for pedestrians in Rome

No entry for cars, Rome

Only scooters allowed, Rome

Beautiful stairs up to the hill Gianicolo, Rome

 Along the Tiber river, not the nicest path, but a way to walk from the traffic, Rome

In Castel Sant'Angelo, Rome which is of course carfree because it is a building. But I think this picture tells us something about the feeling of a clean and calm place.

Special arrangements to hinder cars to go here, Genova

 Pedestrian street, Pisa

Piazza dei Cavalieri is where the leaning tower stands. Here is space for the tourist to walk, Pisa

Carfree at the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore at Piazza del Duomo, Florence

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