When Can I Travel to Tuscany for My Next Holiday?
For some of us, holidays have had to be put on hold because of the worldwide pandemic. On the plus side, things are starting to look up and it may not be too long until you can get your dreams of sightseeing, exploring and relaxing back on track. In fact, travelling may be far more plausible than you think to some destinations.
If you fancy a trip to a location that is bursting with tradition, rich history and natural beauty, you might want to go on a Tuscan adventure. Here’s everything you need to know about the current situation in Tuscany and your travel options for 2021.
Is Italy open for tourism right now?
While planning your perfect trip may be a little more complex for the time being, booking a holiday to Tuscany in 2021 is possible. At the moment, the situation in Italy is being closely monitored, with protocols in place to help protect both residents and visitors alike.
Currently, Tuscany is classified as a yellow zone – meaning that it’s a medium to low risk destination. On the bright side, it’s expected to become a white zone by the end of June. White zones have the least restrictions, so by the time you get your tours around Tuscany booked, you might find that Covid will only have a minimal impact on your stay.
What you need to know about yellow and white zones
Since the rules that are applied to different zones will vary, it might be worth learning a little more about what each one entails.
Tuscany is in the yellow zone. This includes a few restrictions, such as a curfew that only allows you to be outdoors between 5AM to 12AM. A variety of public places are open for business; from bars, to pastry shops and bakeries. Sites like dance halls and betting centres are closed at the moment, but will be re-opening on the 1st of July.
Attractions tend to have a maximum number of people who are allowed to visit, so it’s a good idea to plan your trip in advance and book online or by phone.
If you plan to stop by in June or later, Tuscany might already have changed to a white zone region – which will give you far more freedom on your Italian getaways. While you will still need to wear a mask and maintain a distance of 1 meter, many more shops and attractions will be open to the public (although there is likely to still be a limit regarding capacities, which should be larger than yellow zone restrictions).
Overall, the white zone is the closest option to normality for many countries right now, even if there are still a few rules and regulations in place. Furthermore, curfews should be lifted, giving you even more freedom to explore and have fun during your stay.
Will it be safe to travel to Italy in 2021?
While you’ll certainly want to enjoy your holiday, it’s still important to ensure that everybody is doing their part. Here are just a few of the general safety tips that you’ll want to keep in mind during your small group tours of Tuscany:
- Wash your hands frequently, avoid close contact with people and wear a face mask during social contact
- Don’t share bottles or glasses with anyone, and clean surfaces with alcohol-based disinfectants
- Follow the rules and regulations that have been put in place by the government/locality, even minor ones
- Stay updated on the situation; find out the information you need before you venture out and be aware of any differences in rules/changes that may impact your plans
One advantage that comes with spending your holiday in Tuscany is that Italy has one of the world’s most efficient healthcare systems, which will be available to both residents and visitors. Better yet, it’s universal, public and free, so you can rest assured that you’ll be taken care of should anything happen.
Are you looking for some of the best Tuscan tours?
Whether you’re dreaming of Chianti vineyards or San Gimignano tours, we’re certain that you’ll enjoy your stay with us. Our team here at Tours of Tuscany have been in the business for many years now, and we’d just love to show you around this beautiful part of Italy. From a true taste of the Tuscan lifestyle, to luxury accommodations; we’ve got it all.