Traffic measures for Napolitano inauguration

 The ceremonies surrounding the inauguration of Giorgio Napolitano as Italy's president for a second term in office will result in traffic and public bus diversions in the capital from 16.00 on Monday 22 April.

Following the swearing-in ceremony at Palazzo Montecitorio at 17.00, the cannon on the Gianiculum hill will fire a 21-gun salute. Then Napolitano will lay a wreath at the Altare della Patria in Piazza Venezia before making his way back to his residence at Palazzo Quirinale.

As part of security measures being put in place by Rome police, from 07.00 vehicles will be removed from the following areas: Piazza Colonna, Piazza Venezia, Via dei Fori Imperiali, Piazza SS. Apostoli and Piazza del Quirinale. For full details of the exact locations see the Muoversi a Roma website.

Monday 22 April promises to be a difficult day for commuters as, apart from the road closures and bus diversions, there are some 20 roadwork sites around the centre and the predicted heavy rain has resulted in many people driving to work.