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The safest places to travel to in Italy

Italy reopened its borders on 03 June, with a slow and sensible approach to international tourism. For now, the country is only welcoming holidaymakers from the UK, the EU and Schengen Area to once again enjoy its rolling hills, sandy beaches and historic villages, without the need to quarantine.

International flights have resumed, many hotels and attractions are open, and the Italian Minister of Health’s website reports that new cases of COVID-19 have been lessening daily. So where are the safest places to go on holiday in Italy?

Basilicata was one of the first regions in Italy to report no new cases of COVID-19. A trip here is all about the great outdoors – there are lots of walking trails to lofty mountains, lush forests and scenic crater lakes, plus there’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site at the cave city of Matera.

The beautiful Italian island of Sardinia has glistening waters, white-sand beaches and glitzy accommodation. For a real sense of space and freedom, hire a boat to go island-hopping and explore secluded coves. 

Around an hour from Rome and bordering Tuscany, Umbria has wide open green hills and fascinating ruins. It’s a great region to explore by car and there are plenty of charming country villas to rent.  

Calabria in southern Italy sees fewer tourists than many other regions, so it’s an ideal option if you’re looking for a quieter break abroad this summer. It has enchanting old towns such as Tropea, which perches on the edge of a dramatic cliff, as well as rugged mountains and dazzling beaches. 

Other areas in Italy, such as Rome, could also be safe to visit this summer if appropriate precautions – including social distancing and wearing face masks in enclosed public spaces – are in place. We recommend checking the latest Foreign Office advice before you travel.

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