Siena cancels Palio horse race

Italy cancels Siena Palio for first time since world war two. The Palio di Siena, Italy's historic horse race, has been cancelled due to the coronavirus, reports Italian news agency ANSA. The bare...

Vatican to reopen St Peter's Basilica on 18 May

Vatican to introduce temperature checks for public liturgies at St Peter's. St Peter's Basilica is to reopen to the public on Monday 18 May, following a two-month closure, after undergoing an intensi...

Italy's beaches will be open but with strict rules

Social distancing will be key issue when Italy's beaches open for summer season. Italy's beaches will be permitted to open this summer but under strict regulations to minimise the risk of coronavirus...

Italy: new rules for hairdressers, barbers and beauticians

Advance bookings and masks to be obligatory in Italy's hairdressers, barbers and beauticians which are set to reopen next week. A set of guidelines outlining health precautions for Italy's hairdresse...

Italy says no to EU tourist corridors this summer

Conte says Italy will not accept bilateral tourism pacts among EU states Italian premier Giuseppe Conte has said that European Union states must not forge tourist pacts between themselves during the...

Italy approves €55 billion stimulus package

Italy to grant temporary status to undocumented migrants, especially in agricultural sector. The Italian government has approved a €55 billion stimulus package to tackle the economic impact of the co...

Italian army cleans Rome churches

Churches in Italy to reopen for public Mass on 18 May. The Italian army has been drafted in to sanitise Catholic churches in Rome ahead of Monday 18 May when the faithful will once again be able to a...

Coronavirus: Italy considers further lifting of restrictions

Italy discusses lifting of ban on meeting friends and visiting second homes.  The Italian government is evaluating the possibility of allowing people to go to second homes, provided they are in the s...

Italy: bars, restaurants and hairdressers can reopen from 18 May

Italy to give regions the power to roll back coronavirus lockdown restrictions. Italy's regional authorities will have the power to emerge from the nationwide coronavirus restrictions from Monday 18...

Italians will go on summer holidays says Conte

Conte stresses that Italians will be able to take summer holidays in Italy. Italian premier Giuseppe Conte has once again stated that Italians will be able to go on holiday this summer and that "the...

Dos and don'ts of Phase 2 in Italy

As we recently embarked on the long-awaited phase 2 and are ready to go back to ‘normal’, it is essential to remember that Italy is not out of the woods yet. Precautions will continue to be a part o...

Coronavirus: Italy to lift public Mass ban on 18 May

Catholic Church and state agree on date for return to Mass for the public. Italy is to lift the ban on public Masses from 18 May as part of an agreement to allow the faithful to attend liturgical cel...

Italian premier: we will go on summer holidays - with caution

Conte encourages Italians to take their summer vacation in Italy. Italy's premier Giuseppe Conte told newspaper Il Fatto Quotidiano on 6 May that Italians would be able to go on holiday this summer a...

Rome: traffic jams as McDonald's reopens

Tailbacks outside McDrives in towns around Rome as Italy eases lockdown. McDonald's in Rome. The capital witnessed the phenomenon of major traffic jams outside McDrive outlets in the city suburbs and...

Covid-19: How to travel safely in Italy on public transport

Italy's health ministry issues public transport guidelines as country eases lockdown restrictions. With Italy now in Phase Two of the coronavirus emergency, a greater number of people are getting aro...

Tourism in Italy: 40,000 companies and 184,000 jobs at risk

Italy's tourism industry devastated by the coronavirus pandemic. The covid-19 crisis is threatening the survival of more than 40,000 companies and 184,000 jobs in Italy's tourism industry, according...

Fox cub found gravely injured in Rome park

Young fox discovered by passerby in Villa Pamphilj on first day after lockdown. A fox cub was found seriously injured by a visitor to Villa Pamphilj, Rome's largest park, on 4 May, reports Italian ne...

Vatican: Swiss Guards wear masks for first time

Vatican postpones swearing-in ceremony of Swiss Guards until October. Like Italy, the Vatican also enters its own Phase Two of the coronavirus emergency with the Swiss Guards on duty now wearing face...

Coronavirus: Italy enters Phase Two: all you need to know

New form required for going outside as Italy relaxes lockdown in Phase Two of the coronavirus emergency. As Italy begins to relax its coronavirus lockdown on 4 May, easing certain restrictions in pla...

Rome bids slow farewell to sounds of lockdown

Lockdown Rome has been enveloped in a soundtrack that many of us will not notice until it is gone. As Rome prepares to emerge slowly from its slumber on 4 May, the newly-found sounds of lockdown will...
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