If You Have Always Wanted to Visit Italy, Now Is Your Time. Find Out All the Reasons Why You Should Visit Italy Soon.
A visit to Italy is what dreams are made of…. Prosecco, pizza and piazzas, sandy beaches, stylish people, culture, art and lifestyle.
Covid ravaged Italy in the early days, but the lessons learnt have seen the country rally and the Italian government recently issued clear plans to recover. As of end June 2021, over half of Italians had received the first dose of their vaccine, and 27% are already fully vaccinated. This is all part of a push to bring Italy back to health physically and economically. And tourism is BIG business in Italy.
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With that done, here are 15 Reasons why you should visit Italy after Covid.
The Country Is Opening Up
All of Italy’s 20 regions, apart from one in the north of the country, Valle d’Aosta, have been placed in the low-risk level. The country has reported low seven-day infection incidence rates of just 25 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The regions are colour coded in terms of risk, but more on this system coming up.
The nightly curfew has been lifted since 21 June. Social distancing is still being practiced in seating arrangements. Individuals are expected to wear masks indoors and be sensible and mask up in crowded outdoor settings.
Italy Is Taking COVID Seriously – So You’ll Be Safe
Italy has opened its borders to most European countries visitors. Travelers who are fully vaccinated from Canada and Japan can visit with no quarantine from June 21. Travelers from the US were already allowed if they were arriving from Covid tested flights.
Only listed non-European countries are allowed entry, but that includes quite a few so far. Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Rwanda, Singapore, and Thailand can enter but must self-isolate for their first 10 days.
Screening, testing and isolating are the strongest tools of virus control, and Italy isn’t taking chances.
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If you want to know what other countries you can visit during this time, check out 15 Countries You Can Visit Without COVID Restrictions.
It’s Easy to Know How Each Area Is Affected with a Simple Colour Coded Classification
Italy’s system for letting the public know the Covid risks, rules and regulations when they visit is great. They have classified four categories: red, orange, yellow and white. Red is the highest risk, white lower risk. This is simple to navigate for locals and tourists, each colour indicates the current risk of infection and the state of infections, and what precautions or rules are in place.
A Red area would mean limited movement. While a white region, which is all of Italy as of late June 2021, except for the Valle d’Aosta area, means that restrictions are minimal because infections are under control.
All the information is clearly laid out on the government website which makes it easy to stay safe and honour the rules.
Venice Isn’t Going to Be around Forever
Italy is like a canvas of art and history. It’s buildings and artworks have stood for hundreds of years and will be there for hundreds of years to come for future generations to experience. Except that…
Venice is sinking.
Let that sink in for a second.
Venice is one of the most iconic cities in the world and one of the most romantic places on earth… but it won’t be as romantic when you’re knee deep in water. Climate change studies have warned that Venice will be underwater by 2100. The Mediterranean Sea is expected to rise by up to 140 centimeters or 4 feet this century. That’s if we don’t curb global warming in time.
Flooding in Venice isn’t that unusual in the winter months which puts the historic buildings at risk of damage. We think that alone is enough reason to visit Italy in a serious hurry.
Italy Has the Most World Heritage Sites in the World
Italy is home to 55 UNESCO World Heritage sites. We guess it’s to be expected from the birthplace of the Roman Empire and the Renaissance movement.
But 55 is a lot. That is more than any other European country. 5 of these sites are natural sites, and a whopping 50 are cultural.
Talking about well-preserved history, would you believe me if I told you that a volcano can both destroy and preserve history? Stick about to find out exactly why.
It’s Not All Stone Buildings and Columns, the Natural Landscape Is Amazing
We mentioned that 5 of those UNESCO sites were natural wonders, but those are by far not the only natural wonders that Italy has to offer on your visit. The landscape of the country is incredible. Snowcapped Alps made of giant Dolomites surrounded by pristine mountainside forest, creates the perfect skiing, hiking or biking terrain.
Lake Como, Maggiore and Garda surrounded by valleys to endless spans of white sandy beaches mean that you are never far from exploring the hidden world under water.
Its Diverse; You Can Ski and Swim
That incredible natural landscape is also blessed with a mild climate. On the same day you find snow on the alps to ski, you could also be enjoying beach weather on the coast.
The Dolomites area has the most popular and skiable terrain with 1,200 kilometers of ski trails, some as high as 3,000 meters above sea level. The ski runs are world class, coming from the top of a mountain to the base of the mountain’s resort town. Ski is almost guaranteed from November to April.
On the same day you could enjoy a 20-degree day on the beaches of the southern Island of Sicily. More on those beaches coming up next.
The Coastline Is Vast; You Can Swim in 5 Seas in One Country and Italy Has 400 Islands
Italy has the longest coastline in all of Europe. That equates to 7600km of coast. A lesser-known fact is that Italy includes over 400 islands. Even within the city of Rome there is an island. Many of the islands have really unique calling cards. For example, the island of Ischia is worth a visit for its thermal baths experience, and hiking in Palmaria Island is worth taking a boat trip from the Cinque Terre area.
Sicily has its own offering of island culture, with the Aeolian islands on one side and on the other the Egadi islands.
If that is not enough beaching, you can witness the pink sand beach or pull up a serviced deck chair at a stylish resort.
Before you end your visit you could swim in 5 seas in one country because The Mediterranean, Adriatic, Ionian, Tyrrhenian, and Ligurian all wash up on Italy’s shores.
Forget 99c Pizza, This Is the Real Thing
Ask kids what their favourite food is, and most will say pizza. That’s because Pizza is the universal love language of food. And no one shows more love than authentic Italian made pizza.
And pizza is just the tip of the iceberg of the food-porn of Italy. Bring on the real parmesan or Pecorino cheese. Enter traditional Focaccia, Caprese, and over 350 kinds of pasta.
Each place has a regional dish, so you will do well to ask a local what it is. We have uncovered intel that in Campania you should try the Pizza Napoletana. And ask for the “Naked” ravioli with ricotta and spinach in Tuscany.
The job doesn’t end with the main meal, because ice-cream abounds in real Italian gelato, or go for a tiramisu, bomboloni, cannoli or panna cotta.
No One’s Complaining about the Wine Either
When you think of a European wine leader it’s easy to jump to France. But Italy has surpassed France in the amount of wine produced, although it depends who you ask on this fact. Italy has a large variety of grapes meaning it has a wide variety of wine.
Wine pairing is a big part of Italian food culture; local wines are expertly paired with the menu. Don’t miss out on this experience when you visit Italy.
We highly suggest you watch our video Inside A 9th Generation Italian Winery, as you’ll be booking a plane-ticket to Italy before the article even ends!
Grow Your Own and Stay on a Farm
Perhaps you think of Italy of all stone buildings and hotel stays.
A growing number of alternative Italian experiences are cropping up. Agritirismo offers you a different way to experience Italy on your visit. Italian farm stays offer you a rural retreat where you can be part of the agricultural regions of Italy. From wine farms to organic cheese makers, you can witness artisans and farmers at work, or muck in and get involved in the original methods that are steeped in Italian culture and history.
Learn food preparation, cooking and Italian home culture with the Agritirismo experience. You could even opt to stay in a castle or a medieval village or make Italian music on a dairy farm.
It’s the Home of So Much Art and Architecture You Will Recognize
Whether it’s from high school art class or film references, you will recognize much of the art and architecture of Italy as you vist and explore. Just in the Vatican, there is so much art, that if you spend a minute in front of every piece, you would take 4 years to see everything.
Some pieces are really goose bump invoking experiences. These include the roof of the Sistine Chapel and the Last Judgement painted by Michelangelo. There’s Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Renaissance Man’ or sculptures like Michelangelo’s ‘Pieta’.
Hit the streets and you’re surrounded with the grandiose of Italian architecture. The Colosseum in Rome, the Trevi fountain, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Basílica de la Sagrada Família.
You Can’t Kick a Rock without Uncovering History in Italy
Rome is home to the ancient Roman empire, but also Renaissance nobility. Head towards Florence and the history will take you on a journey into the Middle Ages which left an indelible mark on Venice, Viterbo and Perugia to name a few. The Nuraghe stone tower in Sardinia dates to the Bronze Age left behind by the Mediterranean’s ancient civilizations.
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The Churches Are the OG
Italy is the home of the Roman Catholic church. The OG of baller places of worship.
This resulted in magnificent collaborations of Gothic and Romanesque styles of architecture such as the Duomo in Orvieto. This was constructed in 1290 on the site of a ruined church. It’s a true masterpiece; intricate, adorned and masterfully preserved. The beauty and wonder of how humans put it together is unfathomable.
Stepping into any one of these churches is a spiritual experience, no matter what you believe in.
The Lakes Are Legit
Alps, beaches, fashion and architecture are common associations with Italy. A less well-known association are the Italian lakes. The country has 1,500 lakes, so plenty of space to find a quiet riverbank and find peace.
Each lake has its own specialty. From walks to views, land and water activities they offer so many options to experience Italy a little differently on your visit. Lake Como, locally known as Lario, is where the Hollywood Elite can be spotted. George Clooney owns a lakeside spot, and it featured in the final scene of 007’s Casino Royale.
Lake Garda has a balmy Mediterranean feel with olive groves, citrus trees and vineyards.
Lake Orta is a small, undiscovered gem. It is surrounded by lush woodland and overlooked by the snow-capped Alps.
The list of 1,500 lakes is too long to go on here, but trust us, the Italian lakes are a great reason to get to Italy soon.
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