There are two things everybody has been asking about...
The first question is all about travel restrictions
Last week the European Union finally agreed to open up its borders to travelers from low risk Covid countries who are fully vaccinated, or provide a negative test result from a Molecular RT-PCR Covid swab test, taken within the last 48 hours before travel to Italy.
Just in time for all of you who are anxious to travel back to Italy this summer! The 27 European Union member states may make some minor tweaks to their policy but the bottom line is if you’re fully vaccinated and ready to make that long awaited trip to Italy start getting your trip organized!
If you're traveling to Italy from the United States or Canada book one of the nine Covid tested flights and once you arrive no need to quarantine. You'll need to do the Molecular RT-PCR Covid swab test once you arrive.
The second question is what Italian language class I recommend
Everyone has really missed travel to Italy this past year and a half and it looks like lots of you want to take a deeper dive into Italy and the Italian culture than perhaps you did in the past.
I couldn’t agree more! The top thing you can do to change your trip to Italy from great into amazing is to learn the language.
The Italian class I recommend is offered as both a beginner course and an intermediate course.
Bear in mind that this class only opens up every few months for just a few days and the current registration closes down tomorrow, May 26 at 6 PM EST. So if you’re interested in an Italian class now to get ready for your trip to Italy register before tomorrow!
What I love about this class is that it digs into all kinds of things you want to know that aren't normally covered in an Italian class. For example greetings. Greetings aren't language per se but they are key to communication and can be so confusing to travelers so the teacher, Davide, talks all about greetings: when to shake hands, when to hug and when to kiss on the cheek – and which cheek to kiss first!
Davide also explains all about how Italians communicate with their hands and what each different hand gesture means. I love all the cultural lessons that are part of Davide’s course!
Right now we all want to be out and about enjoying the spring weather and being together once again following a year and a half of Covid related restrictions. No one wants to sit in a classroom to learn Italian, or even to log on for a zoom class! Davide's video classes are all downloadable and you watch them on your own schedule and at your own pace on your computer, tablet or smart phone.
You may want to watch lots of videos and do the lessons now in preparation for your travel to Italy, but you can also repeat the lessons at any time and any pace later on.
Davide and I chatted all about his course the other day and you can listen to our conversation (AUDIO LINK ABOVE) and learn all the details about his course.
What to expect when you get to Italy
Face masks and social distancing requirements
Throughout Italy it’s mandatory to wear a face mask indoors in all public places.
You should also wear a mask outdoors unless you are engaged in sports activities, children under age 6, or people with health conditions that aren’t compatible with mask wearing.
Social distancing of 1 meter is required.
All public transportation is fully operational - buses, trams and metro - but with only 50% of passenger capacity.
Taxis - Face masks are required.
Out and about in Rome
You can be outdoors between 5 AM and 11 PM but otherwise should remain indoors. Beginning June 7 this will be extended to midnight, and then effective June 21 all time limits will be removed.
Restaurants, bars and other food venues
Restaurants and bars, gelaterie and pastry shops are open and there’s a sign outside of each place of business indicating the maximum number of people allowed inside at a time.
Restaurants offer table service but only outdoors. A maximum of four people per table unless your group includes family members or cohabitants.
Restaurant take-away and home delivery is fully operational.
If you’re staying in a hotel in-house hotel restaurants are open for hotel clients only.
Effective June 1 restaurant table service will open up for indoor service.
Grocery stores, pharmacies and news stands are open. Shopping centers are also open but are closed on public holidays and the day before public holidays.
Shops are open during business hours and outside each shop there’s a sign that indicates the maximum number of people who can enter at a time.
Museums, art galleries and other cultural venues
Museums and art galleries are open weekdays and weekends but with a limit on the maximum number of people who can enter at a given time. It’s always best to make museum reservations online before your travel to Italy, especially since there is a limit on the number of people that can enter at a given time.
Beaches, amusement parks and theme parks
Effective June 15 theme and amusement parks are open to the public.
Beaches are open to the public with a 1 m required social distance.
Beach umbrellas must have a 10 square meter space around them, plus a 1 ½ meter distance in between deck and lounge chairs.
Masks aren’t required on the beach unless you enter a common area like bars and restaurants.
A few things to do in Rome!
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