City to lengthen hours at museums

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 events.

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 Imperiali.

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.

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