Italy goes on holiday as security tightens
ROME — Millions of Italians and foreign holidaymakers got on the road on Saturday as authorities ramped up security measures at transportation hubs and tourist attractions ahead of the busy Christmas and New Year festivities.
On Saturday, police at Rome’s Fiumicino International Airport nabbed a man who was trying to smuggle 4.5 kilograms of cocaine wrapped up as Christmas presents, Sky TG24 private broadcaster reported.
Increased preholiday vigilance at airports has so far led to the arrest of 15 drug traffickers with the seizure of 40 kg of cocaine and seven kg of heroin worth 9 million euros ($10.2 million) overall, according to Sky TG24.
At least 13.5 million Italians are set to travel over the holidays this year, Federturismo tourism industry association said in a statement. Of these, 75 percent plan to visit family in Italy at Christmas, taking off for longer trips beginning on Boxing Day which falls on Dec 26, Federturismo said.