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Travel Pool 24: RON
Mike Memoli • Los Angeles Times
May 23, 2017: 07:58 PM

At 7:25 pm motorcade arrived at Villa Taverna, POTUS' RON for the one night in Rome. We have a travel photo lid but stand by.

For the initial stretch of the POTUS motorcade route into Rome from the airport, the entire autostrada heading in opposite was a parking lot with many people outside of their cars to view the spectacle.

Pockets of onlookers appeared again as we were off the highway driving in to the heart of Rome (perhaps appropriately, on Via Cristoforo Colombo).

As we arrived in the city it seemed we were not taking the most direct route to our final destination, but one showcasing Rome to the visiting president.

By 7:14 pm the motorcade drove on cobblestone roads between the Circus Maximus and Palatine Hill, and then further right through Piazza Venezia and it's imposing Vittorio Emanuele Monument. Down the street in the distance we could eye the Colosseum. Neat.

Ultimately we wound toward Via Veneto (passing the U.S. embassy) and by the Borghese Gardens and ultimately Villa Taverna, the residence of the US ambassador and POTUS' RON.

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