A famous Renaissance painter, Giotto di Bondone once said, “Rome is the city of echoes, the city of illusions, and the city of yearning.” We completely relate to this, which is why we got so excited to learn that Rome is gradually reopening its tourist hotspots to visitors post the lockdown. By Amitha Ameen

 

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Coronavirus brought the world as we know it to a halt, and along with it one of our favourite cities in the world, Rome, came to a standstill as well. But things are looking bright and sunny now, as many countries including Italy have managed to flatten the curve to an extent. The great city of Rome too has been navigating through this pandemic and trying to figure out the best practices as it is reopening its tourist hotspots to visitors.

The world-famous Vatican museums, that reopened earlier this month after being shut for three months due to the Coronavirus lockdown, witnessed a long queue of visitors on opening day. The Colosseum too was reopened to visitors but saw more television crews than visitors on the first day.

 

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While the city is slowly but steadily reopening its hotspots to the joy of tourists, the tourist spots will only allow a limited number of visitors at a time. Although the tourism industry is currently operating at less than half the percentage that it usually does, tour operators and other tourism authorities are hopeful that they will see a surge in numbers in the upcoming months.

 

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According to reports, Italians and others within the European Union are allowed to move around freely without having to adhere to any quarantine prerequisites, but at the same time following social distancing guidelines. Face masks are mandatory, public gatherings are still banned and other precautionary measures are still in place.

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