Deckchairs by the Tiber in 2008. Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP
Rome will turn its riverside into an artificial beach for summer 2018, the capital's mayor has announced.
Inspired by the French capital's long-running Paris Plage, Mayor Virginia Raggi plans to convert 10,000 square metres of the Tiber's banks into a sandpit for sweltering Romans.
"The Tiber runs through Rome but sadly, unlike many European cities, the river isn't a living, vibrant part of the city," Raggi said at the project's unveiling on Thursday.
The temporary beach, to be located near the Marconi Bridge, is an effort to change that.
It will comprise a sports area and other attractions that the mayor hopes will "make the banks usable to Romans again".
The banks of the Tiber are free of cars and, in central Rome, have a two-way bike path. In the summer months, cyclists and pedestrians are joined by a string of temporary outdoor bars.
The new beach, which will lie south of Rome's main tourist areas, could provide a welcome space for Romans to cool off in summer temperatures that have been known to hit 40 degrees Celsius, given that frolicking in the city's famous fountain
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