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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: “blue” water beaches at rise

The number of ‘blue flag beaches’ or resorts with great water and facilities rose to 183 this year from 175 last year, the Danish-based Foundation for Environmental Education announced.

Liguria led the way with three new entries for a total of 30, followed by Tuscany with 19, Campania with 18, Marche with 15, Sardinia with 14, Puglia with 13, Calabria with 11, Abruzzo with 10, Lazio with nine and Veneto with eight.

Leonardo da Vinci 500 anniversary

Loire Valley is preparing to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci.

From January to December 2019, over 500 cultural events have been scheduled, including exhibits, performances, concerts and debates in the Centre-Val de Loire region, the second most-visited in France, after Paris.

It was in this green valley on the rivers of the Loire, a UNESCO world heritage site, that the Renaissance master moved in 1516.

Tuscan genius was invited by King Francis I and took with him masterworks like  Mona Lisa and St John the Baptist, which are today part of the Louvre collection.
Leonardo died at the chateau du Clos-Lucé in Amboise on May 2, 1519, where he is buried.

Venice assesses water damages

Venice Governor Luca Zaia reports billion euro damages the storms and floods have caused to one of the most famous touristic sites in the world.
The similar problems accrued in Liguria region, where hundreds of yachts were smashed into pieces at Rapallo marina harbor. However today the majority of museums reopened.

A several times during winter strong winds move water from the Adriatic Sea into the Venetian Lagoon, causing high tides and minor but widespread flooding across the historic site, however this time the water levels were extraordinary high.

So far half a million euro was dispatched as relief fund in Tuscany.

The experts of the Ministry of culture started to assess the presumed damage to the mosaic 12th century flooring of St Mark’s Basilica in Venice, submerged by an unusually high ‘acqua alta’ – the floods were the most damaging in a decade.

San Marco floor