Planning a trip to the landlocked capital of Italy next year? You might want to pack a swimsuit.
According to , Rome will create 32,800 feet of temporary beach along the banks of the Tiber River, which cuts through the city.
It’s a move inspired by ; the French capital has been dumping 3,500 tonnes of sand along the banks of the River Seine and the Bassin de la Villette for over 15 years to create temporary beaches in the summer.
Rome’s (not exactly pristine-looking) river can’t hold its own against the country's turquoise oceans and actual beaches, but the man-made sandy shores will be welcome relief in a city where summer temperatures often soar past 100 degrees and jumping in the historic fountains can earn you a night in the slammer.
The project is meant to make the river “a living, vibrant part of the city," Mayor Virginia Raggi said at the project's unveiling. If you’re worried about sanitary issues, Raggi also announced plans for an app to monitor pollution, and police patrols and flying drones to discourage waste dumping.
Located near the Marconi Bridge, the beach will wind along the car-free riverbank dotted with pop-up bars, and is set to be finished by summer 2018.