LATEST UPDATE ABOUT THE COVID-19 EMERGENCY
Last updated: January 14, 2021
The European Union borders are technically open for travel for business or emergencies but this changes daily depending each country's own pandemic situation so it is strongly advised to check with your airline or embassy if you can travel or not. This is a link to the European Union Travel During the Coronavirus Pandemic. Upon arrival in Italy, you are obliged to take a test at the airport before continuing on your journey. Most, if not all, airlines also require that you test negative within 72 hours of your departure flight. For Rome airports, you can get more information and also download the requisite document to present upon arrival: Rome Airports Corona Information.
Visitors (other than from the UK) are still allowed to enter Italy, but may still have to undergo a period of quarantine. Again, we strongly recommend you check what is required before departing. You can check for latest news in Italy by going to the Ministero della Salute, in English, for more useful information.
We started running our tours again in June in accordance with the Italian government's opening of borders to EU travelers, however all sites and museums are now again closed temporarily and we await news of reopenings. Museums and archaeological sites will gradually start reopening, with the necessary precautionary measures, and you can check the calendar below of some of the more popular. We can still run tours which do not include entrances to any sites such as our private Seven Hills of Rome, or Rome by Night car tour for instance, and our Stroll of the Artists (Piazzas and Fountains) with no entrance to the Pantheon.
Once Italy reopens, and in observance of the preventative measures against the Coronavirus dictated by the law, the number of visitors entering the sites/museums will be strictly limited. Reservations for timed entrance tickets will be mandatory and latecomers will be denied access, so, in order for our groups to be able to enter the sites, all participants are required to arrive on time at the meeting point and all have face masks that must be worn at all times. There is also a current legislation that masks are in any event obligatory any time you are out in public.
Italy is split into several tiers depending on the level of contagion in that region: Lazio and Rome are currently "yellow" which means we are on a curfew from 22:00 to 05:00 with bars and restaurants closing at 18:00 but it is permitted to be out and about, taking all necessary precautions. Some of the harder hit are classifed red and no movement is permitted between regions unless it is for an emergency and you have a valid certification of why you need to travel.
While waiting for the world to get back on its feet, we have now launched our Through Eternity Virtual Tours. Since you can’t travel to Italy yet, we decided in the meantime to bring Italy to you! Our expert guides will take you to the most spectacular sites of Rome, Venice, Naples, Pompeii and Florence, and thanks to high-resolution images, videos and the captivating narrative of our guides, you will enjoy Italy’s wonders from the comfort of your own home - and give you the inspiration to start preparing for your next Italian adventure! All proceeds from our Virtual Tours will go to our guides to support them during these challenging times, as they are freelance professionals who don’t earn if they don’t work. For every Virtual Tour booked, you will also get €25 travel credit you can redeem on your next trip to Italy, which will be valid for two years.
As a sign of our gratitude to those who are on the front line fighting the Coronavirus, we would be more than happy to invite all first responders, health workers and NHS workers to join our Virtual Tours for free.
CALENDAR OF THE MAIN ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES AND MUSEUMS IN ITALY
- CLOSED: Borghese Gallery (Rome)
- CLOSED: GNAM Gallery of Modern Art (Rome), Palazzo delle Esposizioni (Rome), Contemporary Art Museum “MAXXI” (Rome)
- CLOSED: Boboli Garden (Florence)
- CLOSED: Archaeological Park of the Appian Way
- CLOSED: Accademia Gallery (Venice), Pompeii, Hadrian’s Villa (Tivoli), Villa D’Este (Tivoli)
- CLOSED: Pitti Palace (Florence)
- CLOSED: Opera del Duomo and Piazza dei Miracoli (Pisa)
- CLOSED: Vatican Museums (scheduled to reopen February, 2021), Colosseum (Rome), The Doge’s Palace (Venice), Correr Museum (Venice), Accademia (Florence)
- CLOSED: Imperial Fora (Rome), Forum and Palatine Hill (Rome), Trajan’s Market (Rome), Ara Pacis Museum (Rome), Centrale Montemartini (Rome), Ostia Antica (Rome)
- CLOSED: Uffizi Gallery (Florence), Villa Farnesina (Rome)
- CLOSED: Pantheon (Rome)
LET’S STAY INFORMED TOGETHER
In this unprecedented situation, it is of the utmost importance to stay informed and rely only on trusted sources such as the official news from the institutions worldwide.
Here we have gathered for you a few links to the pages of important institutions, such as the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) or the US State Department, where you can find the latest reports on the COVID-19 situation all over the world, useful travel advice as well as information and downloadable material about preventative measures to take against the virus.
Here you can download the PDF versions of the numerous Decrees by the President of Italy about the COVID-19 situation. It is only available in Italian.
LATEST OFFICIAL TRAVEL INFORMATION FROM THE AIRLINES
Due to the Coronavirus emergency, many airlines have been cancelling their flights, with different cancellation policies and options for fliers. Here we have gathered for you the direct links to the Coronavirus related page on the website of the main airlines, where you will be able to check the status of your flight and read the latest update about the situation.
We hope this information will help you! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.