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Naples’ Walkers Told To Go One Way

December 4, 1998

NAPLES, Italy (AP) _ Naples’ narrow alleyways have gotten so crowded with tourists and shoppers at Christmas that the city has decided to post one-way signs for pedestrians.

``The streets are filled with small shops, stands and creches,″ Marco Bologna, chief spokesman for the city, said Friday.

The one-way signs will be put up Dec. 13 and stay there until Jan. 6, the Italian feast of Epiphany, which marks the end of the holiday season.

The famed Via San Gregorio Armeno, which is lined with nativity scenes and attracts tourists from worldwide, is among the roughly one dozen streets that will be posted.

``We’re obviously not giving people fines if they don’t follow the directions,″ Bologna said. ``We just want to suggest a route to make it easier for people to get around.″

The historic alleys, which are already closed to traffic, are no wider than 15 feet. Tens of thousands of people stroll the streets during the Christmas season.

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