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St Mark's in August 2020

Italy in 2020 and 2021
Most international visitors are unable to visit Italy right now, and others will be cautious of the potential complications and risks of travel. We are living in difficult and constantly-shifting times. For Italy, which suffered badly at the onset of the pandemic, and which has an economy heavily reliant on tourism (13% of GDP in 2019), the repercussions will be felt for a long time. For those of us who work in the travel industry, the situation is close to desperate. The only good news during most of 2020 was that travellers did manage to return to Italian destinations over the summer months - first Italy's domestic holidaymakers and then visitors from other European countries - and they will have found a warm welcome, some changes and some things reassuringly the same. I flew from London to Venice at the end of August, and discovered a city glorious in the sunshine and enjoying a very different kind of summer tourism to usual. Self-motivated and enthusiastic visitors, no crowds or tour groups... it was an unusual and rewarding experience. I've written about what I found in Venice on the Italy Heaven blog, and also reported on my experience of flying in a Covid era.

Since the summer a Coronavirus second wave has hit Italy, which is once again suffering on many levels. News of vaccine developments and the experience of summer 2020 may at least give the tourist industry some hope that travel and holidays may once again be possible in a few months time, though even by summer 2021 there may be some restrictions and limitations. Many businesses will struggle to survive that long, and any positive news or advance bookings will be rays of hope. My own hope is that with a combination of fast testing, vaccines being rolled out to the most vulnerable, case monitoring, careful management and better treatments, Italy and other countries may be able to get a cautious holiday season up and running in 2021. Perhaps a summer 2021 holiday in Italy will be an experience like 2020, with reduced tourist numbers but some good opportunities for independent travellers. Or maybe mass tourism will be back. I will certainly travel as much as possible when it is permitted and safe to do so, and many Italy-lovers, missing the country after an enforced absence, will also want to plan extended travels or visits to favourite Italian places. Read the latest advice, check travel insurance and make sure that bookings are refundable, and maybe we can all start to dream of spring or summer holidays in Italy.
> Sunny Venice without the crowds, August 2020
> Flying in a time of Covid

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Vernazza in the Cinque Terre Italy - Bella Italia, the Bel Paese - is a country of extremes, with something to offer every visitor: from snow-iced mountains to hot lazy Mediterranean beaches, from unspoilt hill villages to cities that have bustled for thousands of years. This website is designed to help you plan a holiday in Italy, or to research Italian vacation options.

Italy travel forums on the internet are full of overwhelmed travellers asking 'I have two weeks in Italy, what should I see?' Responses range from: 'Everything: do Venice, Milan, Florence, Rome then Naples,' to 'Spend a fortnight in Tuscany'. The best answer, of course, is to do what suits you. Some people want to squeeze in as much as possible for a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Others prefer to explore a culture at a slower pace. On Italy Heaven you can look around, and consider what your dream holiday might be. Learn more about selected destinations, and read advice on travel in Italy to make your stay easier, more fulfilling or more fun.

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Italian cities

Italy is a dream destination for city breaks, with three of the world's most beautiful cities: Rome, where antiquities bask in the sunshine in a colourful and lively metropolis, Florence, probably the art capital of the world, and unique Venice. Those in search of culture or vibrant modernity may prefer the charms of fashionable Milan or stately Turin, while the intrepid can dive into the colourful chaos of historic Naples.


Italy off the beaten track

As well as all the famous sights, this website also specialises in the less well-known treasures of Italy. Away from the famous cities, the Italian destinations featured on Italy Heaven include attractive villages, lakes and islands that are off the main tourist trail, like cave-town Matera, the unique volcanic Aeolian islands, lovely, little-known Lake Iseo and the ancient Greek city of Syracuse (modern Siracusa) in Sicily. You'll also find suggestions for interesting excursions in the overlooked area around Rome, with recommended daytrips including unusual spots like the cave of an emperor at Sperlonga and Terracina's temple above the sea?
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An unusual sight in Frascati, near Rome

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