Sampietrini: the story of Rome's iconic cobblestones

Oct 23, 2020 212

Rome's traditional cobblestones are loved and hated in equal measure.   Rome would not be the same without its ubiquitous cobblestones, known locally as sampietrini, which carpet the streets and alleyways of the city's historic centre.

Although an undoubted symbol of Rome, and much-photographed by tourists, the sampietrini are a source of debate and division among Romans. The purists defend the traditional role of the basalt stones in the landscape of the Eternal City, however motorists - particularly those on two wheels - beg to differ.

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