During his two-day stay in Italy, Dec. 4-6, President Eisenhower will have an opportunity to see much of Rome's architectural beauty.
During his two-day stay in Italy, Dec. 4-6, President Eisenhower will have an opportunity to see much of Rome's architectural beauty. He will sleep in the Imperial Apartment of the Quirinal Palace - a suite of a reception room, private lounge, bedroom and Japanese drawing-room.
On the morning of Dec. 5 the American President visits the Vittoriale - Memorial to the Unknown Soldier; the U.S. Embassy and the Viminale - Premier Segni's residence. After talks with the Italian leader, President Eisenhower attends a dinner in his honour at the Villa Madama. In the evening he repays Italian hospitality with a reception at the Villa Taverna - residence of US Ambassador - in honour of President Gronchi.
Before his departure, Dec. 6, President Eisenhower calls at the Vatican to see Pope John XXIII - first meeting of its kind since President Wilson's visit to Pope Benedict in 1919.
At a press conference in Washington, Dec. 2, President Eisenhower spoke of his compulsion to make the "goodwill" tour of 11 nations, to reassure them of his country's sincerity in pursuit of peace.
The Italian Government is thought to be hopeful of impressing Ike that its foreign policy is by no means so inflexible concerning East-West relations, or so tied to Franco-German interests, as it appeared a short while ago. Italy - one of the most important countries outside the western 'Big Three' - has no personal interests to safeguard at the Summit, apart from disarmament.
Talks with President Gronchi will be significant in view of the Italian statesman's visit to Moscow later this month.
President Eisenhower's tour of three continents will be the most extensive ever undertaken by an American President.