ROME -- To enable visitors to enjoy Rome's new look at their
leisure, the city recently extended museum hours.
Longer hours -- from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays -- will be
the norm, as well as extended hours for special exhibitions or
Most museums will be closed only on Christmas, New Year's Day
and May 1, and most will be open on Sundays.
Plans also are under way to close certain areas of the city to
private automobile traffic. This would not affect certain
motorcoaches, according to city officials. Targeted areas include
the Piazza del Popolo, the Piazza Colonna and the Via de Fori
Those who prefer to do their sightseeing at night will see a
more illuminated city than ever this Jubilee season, with 22
monuments lighted up. Those sites most recently illuminated include
the Circo Massimo and the Palatino.