Italy is one of the most affected nations in the world due to the Coronavirus outbreak. However, it doesn’t stop it from being our ‘Dream Escape’ any day. Long winding boat canals, home to the world’s most noted architectural structures and the food — the list goes on. Having said that, in these uncertain times, Italians have managed to find a silver lining among it all. Read on to know more. By Amitha Ameen

 

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Images of clear water flowing through Italy’s canals have been doing the rounds on social media, uplifting the spirits of ever-resilient Italians and others across the globe. Millions of users poured in their messages of hope and positivity.

 

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“The water now looks clearer because there is less traffic on the canals, allowing the sediment to stay at the bottom. It’s because there is less boat traffic [which] usually brings sediment to the top of the water’s surface,” a mayoral spokesperson told CNN, adding that air quality, however, has improved.

 

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Images and videos of clearly visible fishes, swans, and dolphins swimming in the crystal-clear Venice canals have given people a reason to celebrate. This comes after the country has been battling over-tourism for months.

Earlier in the week, videos and photos of Italians taking to their balconies and singing in unison had gone viral, inspiring U2 band member Bono to release new music on his social media pages.

 

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Other European countries that are under lockdown are Spain, Denmark, and France. While many other European countries like Slovenia, Poland, and the Czech Republic have closed borders to foreigners.

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