I will be traveling from Boston to Venice on Alitalia with a layover in Rome. Will I have to go thru immigration and/or customs/ security in Rome? Will 1 hour 40 minutes be enough time?

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    Welcome to Travel.SE. I would edit the post to add some standard information; not all of it may be relevant, but it never hurts: is this all booked on a single ticket? Are you checking bags? What airlines will be flying each segment? And what nationality passport will you be traveling on? – choster Mar 26 '15 at 21:09
  1. You will go through security the moment you land (which will be in Terminal 3, if I remember FCO correctly).
  2. You are entering the Schengen zone in Rome. That's a passport control.
  3. Regarding customs, EU differs from the USA and Canada: you do not need to pick up your baggage if you are on a single ticket. You pick up your baggage at the end (Venice) and go through customs. If you have multiple tickets the situation is murkier: you might or might not be able to get the agent in Boston to check your luggage through (if the two airlines have interline agreements or if it is a single airline). This will be very clearly communicated to you and also you will get baggage slips.
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    In my experience, one goes through security only before boarding a flight, never immediately on landing. Indeed, in most cases, one does not go through security at all before boarding the second and subsequent flights of a multiple-flight trip. – phoog Mar 27 '15 at 16:34
  • @phoog depends on airport, right? Schiphol has per gate security for example and Heathrow has per terminal security. – chx Mar 27 '15 at 17:58
  • no, I've been to both Schiphol and Heathrow, and I didn't go through security when I landed in either place. – phoog Mar 27 '15 at 18:30
  • @phoog and chx Schiphol works differently depending on the terminal/destination and will be switching to a different model – no per-gate security anymore – over the next couple of years (IIRC). – Relaxed Mar 28 '15 at 0:33

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