When will Italy reopen to tourists?

This is a question many of my foreign friends keep on asking me, and sadly, the answer is always the same: I don’t know. As in nobody knows. Summer 2020, together with the pandemic, gave birth so something which is like a big mystery to all of us, from politicians to tour operators, and of course common people. Since tourism in Italy is one of the main resources, and at the same time one of the sectors most affected by covid-19, I can see how everybody is worried and eager to restart, hoping at least to save the summer, since we already lost Easter Holidays and the whole spring. I lost count of the millions of euros wasted, thanx to the pandemic, which doesn’t mean that I find the restrictions unfair, on the contrary. We’ve lost too many lives, but it could’ve been so much worse without the lockdown.

Anyway, the problem still remains that even if the borders are technically open, many companies don’t fly to and from Italy anymore, and hotels and B&B are closed. Also, Italian museums will reopen no sooner that 18 May, restaurants at the beginning of June but it’s not clear how they’ll ensure enough distancing, so even if one can physically come to Italy, what would even be the point? By the way, who knows what will happen on the beach. While I can foresee some sort of ban for foreign tourists, at least for a few months more, I just can’t imagine Italian people not going to the sea in July or August, two months typically plagued by one heat wave after another.

Probably, if you are super rich and you own a luxury yacht you may still be able to visit Capri or Sardinia. Honestly I don’t know if I’d feel at ease in a place so hardly hit by such a tragedy, and so recently, but maybe it’s just me. If you don’t own a boat, anyway, I think the best choice is to enjoy your own country, which surely offers plenty of things to do and see, and deserves to be “saved” too. Given how covid-19 shattered every single country’s economy, we’ll probably turn lemons to lemonade if we travel local for a while, and help small business.

In the meantime we wait, plan and dream, i’s not as if we’ll never travel abroad again.