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Italy vows to be ready in time to host G-7 in Sicily

  • Italian Government Undersecretary Maria Elena Boschi, center, visits the ancient Greek theater of Taormina, Italy, the host town of the upcoming May 26-27 G-7 summit, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. Italy still needs to build two helicopter landing pads and repave miles of road, but Boschi promised Friday that everything will be ready for the summit being held in the stunning Sicilian town overlooking the sea. (AP Photo/Salvatore Cavalli)

    Italian Government Undersecretary Maria Elena Boschi, center, visits the ancient Greek theater of Taormina, Italy, the host town of the upcoming May 26-27 G-7 summit, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. Italy still needs to build two helicopter landing pads and repave miles of road, but Boschi promised Friday that everything will be ready for the summit being held in the stunning Sicilian town overlooking the sea. (AP Photo/Salvatore Cavalli)  (The Associated Press)

  • People enjoy the sun in a square of Taormina, Italy, the host town of the upcoming May 26-27 G-7 summit, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. Italy still needs to build two helicopter landing pads and repave miles of road, but Italian Government Undersecretary Maria Elena Boschi promised Friday that everything will be ready for the summit being held in the stunning Sicilian town overlooking the sea. (AP Photo/Salvatore Cavalli)

    People enjoy the sun in a square of Taormina, Italy, the host town of the upcoming May 26-27 G-7 summit, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. Italy still needs to build two helicopter landing pads and repave miles of road, but Italian Government Undersecretary Maria Elena Boschi promised Friday that everything will be ready for the summit being held in the stunning Sicilian town overlooking the sea. (AP Photo/Salvatore Cavalli)  (The Associated Press)

  • Italian soldiers take measurements at a site where a helicopter landing pands is supposed to be built, in the outskirts of Taormina, Italy, the host town of the upcoming May 26-27 G-7 summit, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. Italy still needs to build two helicopter landing pads and repave miles of road, but Italian Government Undersecretary Maria Elena Boschi promised Friday that everything will be ready for the summit being held in the stunning Sicilian town overlooking the sea. (AP Photo/Salvatore Cavalli)

    Italian soldiers take measurements at a site where a helicopter landing pands is supposed to be built, in the outskirts of Taormina, Italy, the host town of the upcoming May 26-27 G-7 summit, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. Italy still needs to build two helicopter landing pads and repave miles of road, but Italian Government Undersecretary Maria Elena Boschi promised Friday that everything will be ready for the summit being held in the stunning Sicilian town overlooking the sea. (AP Photo/Salvatore Cavalli)  (The Associated Press)

Italy still needs to build two helicopter landing pads and repave some roads, but it's promising that all will be ready for the May 26-27 G-7 summit in a stunning Sicilian town overlooking the sea.

Government Undersecetretary Maria Elena Boschi on Friday toured the site in Taormina, a hilltop town with an ancient Greek theater. The annual summit will see U.S. President Donald Trump and the leaders of six other major industrial democracies confer on world issues.

Concern has been growing that logistics could be a disaster, since no major construction work has yet begun. But Boschi said helipad work will begin Monday and promised it will go "rapidly and we'll be ready for May."

Boschi said monitors will safeguard against any corruption tainting public works contracts.