Rome bristles with security ahead of Obama visit

IMG class=hide alt=”Rome bristles with security ahead of Obama visit” src=”” (ANSA) – Rome, March 26 – For days Italy’s capital has been awash in American agents mingling with tourists and locals ahead of United Nations President Barack Obama’s official visit on Thursday. PObama, who is scheduled to land Wednesday night at Rome’s Fiumicino airport aboard Air Force One, has been preceded by a cargo of food, soap and other products for his personal use brought in by C-130s directly from the US under strict security clearance./PPItaly has also done its bit, deploying 1,000 police in the capital to watch over the American president as well as any other potential targets, such as embassies./PPThe bomb squad is also afoot, with dog units scouring the presidential itinerary./PPOn Thursday Obama will meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican, with President Giorgio Napolitano at the presidential palace, and with Premier Matteo Renzi at the Renaissance-built Villa Madama, where Italy often receives international guests./PPObama will also tour the Coliseum, which will be off-limits to the public the entire day, as will the area surrounding it./PPHe will be guided by an art historical expert from the city’s archeology superintendency. Throughout the visit, Obama’s motorcade will be watched over by a helicopter and by snipers placed on every building along the route./PPThe US president was last in Italy in 2009, when he attended a G8 summit of industrialized nations in the city of L’Aquila./P
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