The way traffic is directed in one of Rome’s busiest hubs has been given a welcome change, with the introduction of the first female traffic controller in the role.
Cristina Corbucci made her debut on the Piazza Venezia podium this week, after the new commander of Rome’s local police decided to break with the all-male tradition.
The platform was first introduced in the late 1920s as a way to make the traffic controllers more visible while directing traffic on what is ordinarily a chaotic square.
Nowadays, the podium rises up and down from the cobblestones at the flick of a switch. But whoever is on duty still has to direct the vehicles coming from three directions around them.
43-year-old Corbucci told local media: “Up there you really feel as if you are in the centre-of-the-centre of Rome. The truly intelligent traffic light is this one.” #news