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Car and Driver: Milan and Rome to Temporarily Ban Cars, So Leave the Lambos at Home

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Traffic in Milan (that’s Milan, Italy—not Milan, Michigan) will come to a halt after Christmas weekend to combat the city’s rising smog.


It’s getting so tough to see and breathe in the world’s fashion capital that officials enacted a three-day vehicle ban starting Monday, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. So that people can still move about, the city will offer a discounted unlimited public transit ticket for each day, which does include buses.


Rome announced a similar car and motorcycle ban through Tuesday, and has even instructed Romans not to move their thermostats above 64 degrees. Curiously, there’s no mention of letting electric vehicles toot around either city. Elsewhere in Italy, pizzas are illegal in the town of San Vitaliano until cooks fit particulate filters to wood-fired ovens. (For real.) Something tells us more than a few Italians will go on their merry way elsewhere, and fire up an Aventador or three.


Milan, considered one of Europe’s busiest and most traffic-dense cities, has banned vehicles a few times since 2007, according to the BBC. So has Rome. It also has a congestion charge, like in London and other European cities, that requires a paid pass to drive through certain downtown zones. If northern Italian driving is what you’re after, wait until May when the Mille Miglia starts outside Milan, the fumes from hundreds of vintage race cars cloud the air all the way to Rome, and the polizia look the other way.


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