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Italy: Draghi reopens tourism

Brussels 14.05.2021 “Our goal is to reopen Italy for tourism, domestic and international,” Italy Prime Minister Mario Draghi said as he answered questions from Parliament on Wednesday, May 12.

“The pandemic has had vast economic effects on the tourism industry and we’re working to get it going again as soon as possible and in maximum safety.”

While the first step is to vaccinate as many residents of Italy as possible before the summer, Draghi underlined, he also indicated that Italy would revise its strict rules on entering from overseas.

Italy could be ready to welcome back Americans with limited restrictions this summer.
Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio recently announced that the country’s quarantine requirement could be lifted for eligible travellers arriving from the United States as early as June.

The mandatory five-day quarantine when entering Italy doesn’t seem to bother some of the enthusiastic tourists, who said all you need is a negative PCR test and respect of the restrictions.

The significant influx of visitors was noticed at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Tuscany. Out of the 21,000 visitors last week, only 10% were foreigners and the rest Italians travelling from other parts of the country, the Gallery’s director Eike Schmidt said.

Foreigners living in Italy are taking advantage of having the country to themselves to travel around at lower prices, with shorter queues at museums and less problems over booking of fancy restaurants.

Italy tourist “high tight”

The Colosseum stays the Italy’s most visited art site through 2018 followed by Pompeii and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the culture ministry announced.

State museums and archaeological sites were visited by more than 55 million people last year, a rise of five million in comparison to the previous year, the ministry underlined, and subsequently the benefits have risen by 35.4 million euros to almost 230 million euros, it said.

Colosseum inter

State museums and archaeological sites were visited by more than 55 million people last year, a rise of five million in comparison to the previous year, the ministry underlined, and subsequently the benefits have risen by 35.4 million euros to almost 230 million euros, they said.

MANN Director  Paolo Giulierini said being involved in the project is a “great honour”.
We hope it will bring many visitors both to the exhibitions as well as to our museum, considering the constant growth of Chinese tourists who are passionate about archaeology,” he said.

The Uffizi Gallery in Florence said it set records in visitor numbers and revenues last year. More than four million visitors entered the storied Florentine art gallery, 6% up on 2017, according to the announcement.
Revenues were 50.5% up on 2017 at 34 million euros.
The Gallery Director Eike Schmidt gave credit to the new season ticket and said the Museum results were seeing “exponential growth“.

However the mass tourism needs harnessing, and that is why one of the most successful sites in the world plans to charge day-trippers to enter the city and oblige people to “reserve access” before coming as “useless and damaging”.

Venice’s mayor, Luigi Brugnaro, announced that an entry tax would be implemented from 1 May. Each visitor will be charged €3 (£2.65), a cost that will rise to between €6 and €10, depending on the time of year, from 1 January 2020. The charge is expected to be added to the cost of arriving in the city by either train, cruise ship, bus or plane.




EU anticipating May's 'Florence offer'

The EU expects British Prime Minister Theresa May to attempt to break a deadlock in Brexit talks over the coming days by indicating a readiness to pay the block for stay in the Single market for years after Brexit. (Image: Florence, San Marco, fresco ‘Last Supper’)

Reportedly the senior officials involved in Brexit negotiations in Brussels, Berlin and other capitals said they had not received any concrete proposals from May ahead of a speech in Florence, Italy, on Friday, September, 22.  May is expected to draw her vision of Britain’s future relationship with the European Union beyond Brexit.

The EU officials were not interested to discuss a report in the Financial Times about a possible offer of  20 billion euros to cover a post-Brexit transition period. Obviously it is a split of what the EU dreams to receive in a so-called ‘allowance.’ Although no amount was articulated officially by the chief negotiator Michel Barnier, a figure of 100 bln has been circulating in Brussels corridors of power for some time, later reduced to 65 bln euro.

Juncker versus Shakespeare

The EU-UK relations hit new low when the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker launched assault on language of Shakespeare, declaring he preferred to give a speech in French because English was becoming less paramount.

“Slowly but surely English is losing importance in Europe,” Juncker told a conference in the Italian city of Florence, drawing laughter and applause from his audience of EU officials, local leaders and Italian students.

Juncker is a polyglot, speaking several European languages, claiming that he has the advantage of speaking many languages also in a better understanding of the Franco-German relationship, the driving force of the EU. He regularly speaks English at international gatherings, and usually would pronounce a speech in three languages: English, French and German.

In Florence Juncker added that he also wanted to speak French to be better understood in France ahead of Sunday’s final presidential election round.

The conference, on the state of the European Union, comes at a time of tensions between Brussels and Britain ahead of the opening of formal negotiations over Britain’s withdrawal from the 28-nation bloc.

Among seven thousand living languages two thousands are spoken by small communities up to two thousand people, while the most popular is Mandarin Chinese spoken by more 1,2 billion.

English remains the most rapidly developing language due to expansion of technologies – it adds on average 15 new words a day. The European Digital Agenda might be severely damaged  if the political motives will prevail over the progress.

English language will stay as EU official EU27 owing to Malta, however if political will is there its positions of  lingua franca of the EU bodies can be substantially reduced.