Everyone loves Italy, but what will it really be like now that it’s reopening to travelers? We gathered Italy trip-planning specialists who live and work there for a live Q&A on May 12, 2021. The event was part of our series of live travel talks. (You can watch previous talks here, and find out about upcoming talks by signing up here. For full details about Italy’s opening plans and “Covid-tested” quarantine-free flights, see “The Countries That Are Open to U.S. Travelers and What You’ll Find There“).
The big takeaways: Travelers can still do the things they love, they can cook outdoors, they can visit wineries and olive groves, they can go to Capri and the islands, they can rent a villa, they can explore the historical sights and museums, they will likely even be able to see the opera. But all five of our guests emphasized that the minute U.S. travelers are allowed in, the most charming hotels and in-demand experiences for summer will fill up fast, given the capacity restrictions in place for safety. So if you’re thinking of going, stop thinking and start planning.
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What will be accepted as proof of vaccination? 41:49
What are the mask rules in Italy? 43:41
What do you know about traveling from other EU countries to Italy? 44:40
Can you explain the “Covid-free flight” to Italy? 46:10
How is the vaccination program going in Italy? 50:19
Would you recommend Puglia, Sicily, or the Lakes region as less crowded (but equally or more interesting in terms of food and culture) than Florence, Rome, or Naples? 51:10
Are the restrictions in Italy the same as they are on the mainland? 54:28
Is it realistic to expect the authentic Italian experience in 2021? 56:26
New hotels and renovations 1:02:01
What happens if someone gets sick on a trip, will tourists have difficulties receiving medical care if necessary? 1:05:57
Recommendations for Italian winter holiday trips 1:08:03
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