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(January 30, 2015) Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration on Saturday - January 31, 2015 in Rome, Italy

The Italian Police and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have advised the U.S. Embassy in Rome that a demonstration, sponsored by “Movimenti per la Casa” (Social Housing Movement), with about 7,000 participants, will take place on Saturday, January 31st, from 15:00 to 20:00 with the following route:

Via Ostiense – via del Porto Fluviale – via delle Conce – Piazza Vittorio Bottego – via Nicola Zabaglia – via Galvani – via Beniamino Franklin – via Giovanni Battista Bodoni – via Marmorata – Piazza dell’Emporio – Lungotevere Aventino – via S. Maria in Cosmedin – Piazza Bocca della verita’ - via Luigi Petroselli – via del Teatro Marcello – Piazza dell’Ara Coeli – Piazza Venezia – Piazza Cesare Battisti

The Police will be present to monitor the event.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. The U.S. Embassy in Rome recommends U.S. citizens and their families avoid the areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests or demonstrations.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Italy enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program(STEP).  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department's website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read theCountry Specific Information for Italy.  For additional information, refer to the “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions.  You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy in Rome is located at Via V. Veneto, 121, 00187, Rome, and is open from 8:30am to 5:30pm on weekdays, and can be reached at (+39) 06-4674-1 (telephone number), (+39) 06-4674-2244 (fax) .  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, outside of business hours, you may reach the Embassy Duty Officer via the above number.


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