It's about time, the majority of locals respond. Finally, one thing that Florentines agree to agree on: rid Piazza Duomo of vehicles and their pollutants to make one of the most famous squares in Italy pedestrian-only. Mayor Matteo Renzi announced the unexpected news in September and the city has been abuzz ever since.
‘It's the best news I've heard from Palazzo Vecchio in a long time', said a native Florentine walking down via Calzaiuoli. ‘The historical centre finally free of car pollutants and the Duomo free of that horrible black grime', said a local artist who lives near the piazza. ‘Piazza Duomo without cars, buses, and carriages is what the city desperately needed...in order to breathe', said an English-born resident who walks through the piazza everyday on her way to work.
Visitors agree. ‘I'm surprised that it wasn't done already', said an American tourist admiring the Baptistery's bronze doors.