– High alert –
For the cash-strapped city authorities, the Jubilee poses a major headache with additional convoys of pilgrim coaches adding to the strain on creaking infrastructure and overcrowded tourist areas raising safety concerns.
Italian security forces have been put on high alert due to fears of jihadist attacks like the Paris carnage of November 13.
A no-fly zone applying to drones as well as regular aircraft has been declared above the capital and provisions made to shoot down anything that breaches it.
Despite the extraordinary and unprecedented measures, officials stress that they have no knowledge of a specific or credible plot to attack Rome or the Vatican.