(VELINO) Roma, 1 Aug - The Italian Embassy in Brasilia and the Italian Consulate...

(VELINO) Roma, 1 Aug - The Italian Embassy in Brasilia and the Italian Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro, together with the Italian Foreign Ministry's Crisis Unit, have established a website notice board ("Focus") to assist Italians traveling to Rio for the Olympics. The notice board provides useful information from the time of departure and also covers potential emergency situations, alerting travelers to be careful. The 2016 Olympic Games will take place in different facilities, some of which already existed - such as the Maracana football stadium and the Maracanazinho stadium for volleyball - while others were built for the occasion, such as the majority of the buildings in Barra de Tijuca, which will host the Olympic village and most of the sporting events. The remaining competitions will take place in two areas: Copacabana and Deodoro. The Joao Havelange stadium, which is part of the Maracana complex, is in fact located in the Engenhao district. Italian citizens visiting Brazil during the Olympics will be able to call a toll-free number operated by the Italian Embassy (0800 7048 354) from Brazilian landlines or SIM cards. The number 31 3211 8921 has also been predisposed for international calls; the cost will be determined on the basis of the SIM card operator's roaming charges. The helplines became operative on July 29 and will provide a 24/7 service till August 21. From August 22 to September 25, the lines will operate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Italy House, which will be used during the Olympics, will be situated in the Costa Brava complex in Sao Conrado, in Rio's southern area between Ipanema-Leblon and Barra, near one of the four competition grounds. During the games, the House will hold daily events for Italian athletes, fans, and other personalities. Italians traveling to Rio should take note of the following points of interest: the four main competition areas, Maracana, Copacabana, Barra, and Deodoro; the Italian Consulate General; and the consular helpdesk in Barra da Tijuca. Brazilian authorities have implemented a series of measures to improve hospitality and guarantee the safety of visitors and the Olympic Games, following the same model used in the 2014 World Cup. Visitors are however advised to keep the level of alert and caution high due to Brazil's high crime rate. vel