Italy is set to pass the milestone of 50 million covid vaccinations administered on Monday 28 June, the same day as the whole country becomes a low-risk 'white zone' and relaxes its mask-wearing rules outdoors. The news was announced today by health minister Roberto Speranza who said Italy's goal is to "vaccinate all Italians who want it with the f...

The last region still classed as a ‘yellow’ zone, Valle d’Aosta, will join the rest of the country in the low-risk ‘white’ tier, meaning most rules can be relaxed. The main difference will be that the end to the limit on the number of guests you can have at home (which is currently four in yellow zones, not including children). Outdoor mask-wearing...

The organizers of Festa Italiana announced this week that the annual late-summer event will return this summer to its normal spot on the calendar and normal location in front of Syracuse City Hall. The 2021 event is scheduled for the weekend of September 17, 18 and 19. Organizers of the festival, which usually hosts up to 20 restaurant vendors, hav...

The Uffizi Galleries in Florence, home to the world's finest collection of Renaissance art, has launched a radical project to 'scatter' works from its priceless collection around the Tuscan region. Based on the Alberghi Diffusi model, which involves 'spreading' accommodation across a whole village rather than in one building, the ambitious plan wil...

Trips to Tuscany and sun-soaked holidays on Italian islands might be back on your agenda: despite being one of the hardest-hit countries during the crisis of the past year, Italy is officially open again to European and American tourists along with other nationalities.  This week, Italian health minister Roberto Speranza announced that Italy will a...

Italy has decided to eliminate its ‘Covid-tested’ protocol for arrivals from the United States, a month after travel from the US was approved on these types of flights. The upcoming flights will now only have to follow the standard requirements when entering the country. The Government’s new measures for US travellers entered into force on June 21,...

Italy was ravaged by Covid-19 in the early stages of the pandemic but as infections and hospitalisation rates decreased in recent months, restrictions are being relaxed. Face masks became obligatory in October 2020 as the country entered a second wave. However, the government has been slowly lifting restrictions since April and Italian towns and ci...

"What blessed mornings I spent at the Colosseum, lost in some corner of those immense ruins!" This is how the French writer Stendhal recounted his experience as a visitor to the most famous Italian monuments in his book ‘Walks in Rome’, published in 1829. It's an experience that visitors can now relive, with Italian museums reopening at the end of...

As Italy gets reacquainted with tourism after the pandemic, the country's biggest destinations have had a chance to rethink the way things are done. American writer Mark Hinshaw in Italy's Marche region looks at how the industry could become more responsible and sustainable, and at what's already changing. Yesterday we ate in a nice restaurant. Eig...