Saturday, June 25, 2005

Rome, Depends On Their Horses


Rome: Horses drawing Rome's carriages will be required to wear nappies from next week in an effort to keep the city's streets clean.

The nappies, which are buckets wrapped in nylon and strapped behind the horses, will be mandatory for all of the city's 43 botticelle, as the horse-drawn carriages are known. The move is part of a deal agreed to by city authorities and the guild representing the carriage drivers.

Used by everyday Romans as taxis during the 19th century, the botticelle are popular with visitors, and are usually found around tourist attractions such as St Peter's Basilica, the Forum and the Colosseum. - Deutsche Press Agentur

From The Sydney Morning Herald.

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