Rome is no longer a haven for honeymoons or a fancy place for spies to have sex. Italy is set to deploy 3,000 soldiers in major cities and top immigration detainment centers. In an effort to fight crime, these soldiers will guard presumably important buildings as well as fight everyday crime. Police unions were responsive to the federal additions of force, trying to expose it as a mask for local police budget cuts. Officials insist this isn’t the case, and these soldiers would free the police to solve major crimes.
This works in two ways for us travelers. Firstly, instead of taking a romantic, starlit walk through a Roman park or a Venice cobblestone path, one will have to duck away from military personnel in order to avoid a past-curfew interrogation without any surveillance tape.
While those who stick to the more “tourist-oriented” vacation will be comforted in knowing that men with automatic weapons are protecting them from pickpockets.