“The old lights are characteristic of the historic centre. They create a romantic ambience, a memory of the era of La Dolce Vita of 50 years ago,” he said. “If the council really wants to save money they’d do better to stamp out the corruption that we all know goes on.”
Across the piazza, Fabrizio Rellecati, who owns a pharmacy, is similarly unimpressed with the new lighting. “LED lights for a historic piazza like this are just not right aesthetically. The light they give off is too white, too harsh.”
A local residents’ group, Vivere Trastevere or Living in Trastevere, is urging inhabitants of the area to place a candle in their windows as a silent protest against the new lighting system.