25 April is a public holiday in Italy to celebrate the liberation of the country from nazi and fascist control at the end of world war two. In Rome there will be a series of events beginning at 09.00 when the president of the republic, Carlo Azegli Ciampi, will lay a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier at the Vittoriano at the Piazza Venezia. There will be a liberation day cycle-race starting at the Terme di Caracalla and two marches one in the morning from Porta S. Paolo to the Capitoline and one in the early afternoon from the Piazza Venezia to Piazza Vittoria. Many bus routes in Rome will be diverted and passengers must expect delays.

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