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Advertising firms are taking over the visual landscape of the ancient city and compromising its visual beauty and the safety of its inhabitants.

This article titled “Romans revolt over billboard jungle” was written by Tom Kington in Rome, for guardian.co.uk on Monday 26th December 2011 18.46 UTC

For centuries Rome has been treasured as one of the world’s most beautiful cities, a place of spectacular ruins, soaring baroque churches and cobbled piazzas shaded by century-old palms, plane trees and Mediterranean pines.

But now Romans are rising up in revolt as advertising firms plant thousands of billboards across the city, just as chainsaws are wielded to fell some of the city’s most majestic trees.

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