Beppe Grillo ends campaign in Piazza S Giovanni

Genoese comic-turned-politician Beppe Grillo will conclude his election campaign in Rome’s Piazza S. Giovanni in Laterano at 18.00 on Friday 22 February.

Organisers are predicting up to one million people, and the large influx of crowds will affect commuters in the area. The S. Giovanni stop on the Metro A line will be closed from 16.00 meaning that those who wish to access S. Giovanni by metro will have to get out at either Manzoni or Re di Roma.

From 17.00 the surrounding streets of Via Carlo Felice, Piazza di Porta S. Giovanni and Via Emanuele Filiberto will be closed, resulting in the deviation of 13 city buses and the number 8 tram.

Grillo, the leader of the Movimento 5 stelle party, will arrive in his camper van and will be the last act to take to the stage, following a day of live music, projections and speeches.

The show is expected to finish at around midnight.

Friday is the last day of campaigning before about 47 million Italians vote in parliamentary and three regional elections  - Lazio, Lombardia and Molise - on Sunday 24 and Monday 25 February. Pier Luigi Bersani of the Partito Democratico (PD) is also finishing his campaign in Rome at the Ambra Jovinelli theatre. Piazza S. Giovanni is the traditional venue for the final campaign appearance of the PD but this year it has been upstaged by Grillo.

Mario Monti the present prime minister winds up his campaign in Florence and Silvio Berlusconi is staging his last apperance in Naples.