Italy restricts vehicle access to the Dolomites to protect mountains from excessive tourism
Italian authorities have started restricting motor traffic into the Dolomite mountains during summer to prevent the Unesco world heritage site being overrun by tourists.
In previous summers as many as 5,000 cars a day trundled through the Sella Pass, at the border between Trento and the German-speaking province of Bolzano.
Now only 350 vehicles with special passes valid for 60 minutes will be allowed to enter from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 4 pm until the end of August.
The passes for the scheme dubbed âDolomitesvivesâ (the Dolomites live) are issued for free at information points on the road to Sella or using a smartphone app.
Public transport to the area is being bolstered to provide shuttle buses to nearby car parks every 15 minutes.
Last year authorities experimented a similar scheme on Wednesdays only.
âT his is a new phase of the test with which we are experimenting a possibility of making the experience of the Dolomites more sustainable,â said the provincial alderman for the environment, Richard Theiner. âThe target for this summer is to reduce daily traffic by 20 per cent.âSource: Google News Italy | Netizen 24 Italy