Lonely Planet Writer

Embarrassing technical faults greet Rome’s new metro line

Rome's new metro will eventually extend to the Piazza Venezia among other key sites.
Rome’s new metro will eventually extend to the Piazza Venezia among other key sites. Image by Martin Nikolaj Christensen / CC BY 2.0

The first section of Rome’s new south-eastern metro line opened on Sunday to great fanfare and a few teething problems. The first train, which was carrying Rome’s mayor Ignazio Marino and assorted dignitaries, stopped four stations short of its destination and passengers had to disembark and await a replacement train. Then, once it finally arrived eleven minutes late, the doors got stuck, trapping everyone inside. The line, which will eventually extend to Piazza Venezia and the Colosseum, is expected to cost four billion euros – twice it’s initial budget. Read more: telegraph.co.uk