Travelling to Italy is something that you should do at least once in your life – the collection of beauties, art, architecture and flavors could inspire you to stay longer or come back one more time.
The COVID-19 pandemic has strongly impacted everyone’s day-to-day life, not only in Italy but all around the globe. So, what can you expect to find if you were to take the risk and visit this country? Don’t worry, though. The country will open its borders to tourists only once the Italian government has made sure it’s actually safe to do so. So, there will be no real risk involved.
Following is a list of pros and cons that could be useful for travelers who want to travel to Italy and enjoy themselves.
Where to go?
If you like Italy, you cannot miss the art cities: if not all of them, you should at least set aside a few days to visit Florence, Venice and Rome.
If you plan to discover southern Italy, you will enjoy your vacation without risking anything at all, but you will have to respect some safety precautions during your holiday. Shopping, eating out or using public transportation may be subject to some restrictions.
At the start of March, the Italian government has announced a lockdown on the country, causing closure of museums, cancellation of events/concerts and tourism fairs, closure of all the businesses and restrictions to travel to and from the country.
The Italian government made these decisions to stem the seemingly inexorable increase of COVID-19 cases and safeguard the health and wellbeing of their people.
Until May 3, there is no chance to reach Italy where restrictions remain: many airports are still closed. All the shops that aren’t providing essential services are shut down. Restaurants and cafes remain closed up to the end of May.
Schools and universities will remain closed until September. Cinemas and theatres probably won’t open until Autumn, even if there is a program to organize a “Live Drive In” that would both respect of the prescriptions against COVID-19 and allow people to enjoy outdoor events, concerts and movies.
Weddings, baptisms and funerals have been halted. Churches are off limits.
What’s the situation right now?
There were many infections and death cases but also many people who have recovered. The situation is slowly normalizing but everything must be done properly with precautions in mind. After May, other kinds of shops will be allowed to open.
How will the situation change in over time?
We start seeing the light after the storm…
Italy is reporting its lowest daily COVID-19 death toll in many parts of the country. This means that we can start looking ahead to the 2nd phase of the battle against the Coronavirus from the lockdown imposed in March. The new phase will allow the opening of many shops and activities, even if some public restrictions will be imposed.
What destinations should you prefer for your travel to Italy?
It seems that seaside destinations are less prone to outbreaks. This could be a good opportunity to plan a vacation in destinations such as Cinque Terre or other areas of Liguria or proceed to the South of Italy in direction Apulia, Sicily or Sardinia.
We know that this year will be a little bit complicated and it won’t be possible to travel until June. But Italy is a beautiful country you can visit up to October or, alternatively, think to your next vacation and do your research before making reservations to makes sure everything will meet the expectations.
Don’t forget that you will need to wear a mask this year. While it may feel cumbersome, it can help to prevent the spread of some respiratory illnesses – it will keep both you and the others safe. Also, don’t forget to clean your hands frequently and wear disposable gloves.
Social distancing will carry over into phase three, and you will probably have to observe it pretty much everywhere.