Everything you need to know about visiting Italy this summer

As tentative signs start to emerge of a revival for the travel industry, our minds are turning to potential holiday destinations for this summer. Ryanair has tickets from London Stansted to Rome Ciampino available from 27 June, and resumes flying to Venice from 3 July. If you wanted to catch a flight from London Heathrow to Rome Fiumicino this week you could with British Airways – though it would set you back up to an eye-watering £594 one-way. Yes – from 3 June, Italy reopened its borders to travellers from the EU and Schengen area and the UK as long as they have not been outside the bloc in the previous two weeks. National government authorities may restrict public transport between regions, but a minimum essential service is still guaranteed to keep operating to get people around. Caf├ęs, bars, pubs, restaurants, ice-cream shops, patisseries and other eateries are now permitted to open with certain restrictions on the number of patrons. As of 15 June, concert halls, theatres and cinemas have been able to reopen with strict rules around spaced seating and audience numbers (no more than 200 people indoors, or 1,000 outdoors). It’s currently compulsory to wear a mask in enclosed spaces including public transport or anywhere where it may not be possible to exercise social distancing. Officials can telephone or call at the nominated address at any time during the 14 days and fine you £1,000 (in England and Wales) if you’re out without a valid excuse.

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