U.S. advises caution for travelers to Italy

NEW YORK -- The State Department warned that Americans in four Italian cities may be targeted by terrorist and extremist groups beginning this Easter Sunday.

In a March 27 public announcement, the government said it has learned a possible yet unspecified threat exists against U.S. citizens frequenting public spaces in Venice, Florence, Milan and Verona.

The announcement, which expires April 25, warns that "Americans should increase their security awareness and avoid large crowds."

Further State Department information is available at (202) 647-5225 or on the Internet at http://travel.state.gov, and from the U.S. Mission Italy site at www.usembassy.it.

Information on security conditions in Italy also is available toll-free at (888) 407-4747 within the U.S., and at (317) 472-2838 from overseas.

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