A new tram line is being planned in Rome that will connect services operating on either side of the city and give tourists a way to see historic buildings such as the Colosseum and the Forum from public transport.

The process of finalising the route of the planned tram is currently being carried out and is expected to be completed before the summer. The tram will run from Via Labicana through the Imperial Forum and link up with the terminus of the current Line 8 at Piazza Venezia.

The pedestrianisation of the Forum in summer 2013 provided the concept for a tram through the area. Rome’s mayor, Ignazio Marino, imagined a ‘cultural tram’ allowing visitors and commuters to view the archeaological remains of Ancient Rome in comfort.

Rome’s tram lines, which now only provide partial access to parts of the metropolitan area, are the remains of what was once Italy’s largest tram network. The new line is part of an ongoing upgrade of the network.

After the planning process for the tram in the Forum is completed, work will begin on upgrading tram services near Rome’s main train station, and improving connections to the city’s metro system which is also being expanded.

Original author: Lewis Macdonald