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.
You can reach out to any of the travel specialists featured in our talk by using Wendy’s WOW List of road-tested trip planners around the world. If you contact them this way, they’ll know you’re a VIP sent by Wendy, you’ll get all the benefits that come with that, and you can start your way to earning a WOW Moment from Wendy (a complimentary, exclusive, insider travel experience).
Here’s how you can reach them. If you’re not sure who will be the right planner for your trip, write to us at Ask Wendy. As journalists, it’s our job to review and road-test trip designers—that’s how we curate The WOW List, and it’s how we make recommendations to you.
WOW List–recommended Italy specialists
Andrea Grisdale — Italy
Read reviews of Andrea, and contact her through The WOW List
Jennifer Virgilio – Italy and France
Read reviews of Jennifer, and contact her through The WOW List
Maria Landers + Brian Dore – Italy and Switzerland
Read reviews of Maria and Brian, and contact them through The WOW List
Marcello Baglioni – Sicily
Read reviews of Marcello, and contact him through The WOW List
Your Italy questions, answered
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We were watching and listening to the discussion about Italy and we enjoyed it a lot ( especially Ms. Solomon comment “ don’t travel there but be there” ). Since then we travel to Paris and we are now at our place in Tuscany ( no we are not Italian, but we are fortunate to have a place here) . I must say that the media is a major contributor to the hesitation of people to travel. Your contribution to present a true situation is helping a lot. Please , please , please keep doing it.