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ATTENTION: Coronavirus in Italy

The Coronavirus and Italy

The Coronavirus is an evolving situation that is affecting all areas of life. As a Rome and Italy focussed site, we will try to keep you as up to date on all the issues that affect the visitor to Rome as we can.

We have advice on what attractions are currently closed, what to do if your attraction is closed and you have booked tickets, travel restrictions and government advice on the outbreak.

We recommend that you follow the reputable news sites and government pages specifically for the most up to date advice on visiting Italy.

Coronavirus and the current situation in Italy

Updated 10 March 2020

10 March 2020

In addition to the advice and situation as outlined below. The whole of Italy has effectively now been put into quarantine until 3 April.

This means that if you are in the country, you should only travel if you have a valid reason and ideally avoid it altogether if possible. The Italian authorities are asking everyone in Italy to help in this fight against the spread of the virus by limiting movement and contact with the sick.

The UK has now advised that only essential travel should be taken to Italy and you will be challenged on your reasons for going/arriving in Italy. Anyone currently in Italy will be expected to self isolate for 14 days on their return to the UK.

9 March 2020

The Council of Ministers announced on 8 March 2020 that all museums and attractions are to be closed until 3 April, in an effort to stop the spread of the virus. Any place where it is considered lots of people will gather is part of the closure. This includes museums, cinemas, theatres, gyms, swimming pools, events and more.

Affected attractions from a visitor’s perspective are too numerous to mention but include highlights such as:

  • Colosseum
  • Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel
  • St Peter’s Basilica, Rome
  • Attractions in Venice
  • The Uffizi Galleries and other attractions in Florence
  • Duomo in Milan

There are also quarantined zones in Northern Italy which are in effect in lockdown. These large areas include Milan, Venice and Lombardy.

1 June 2020

St. Peter’s Basilica, Colosseum and the Vatican Museums open again.

Some estaurants, pubs, bars, shops, hairdressers, salons and beaches open

International border closed to visitors.

3 June 2020

Italy to reopen its borders on June 3 to EU, UK, Schengen area, Andorra and Monaco citizens.