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Article Amalfi Coast without foreign tourists

Pauline

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Amalfi Coast tourism depends on American tourists and there are none this summer. Italy, and the rest of the EU, does not allow tourists from the US into the country. It is heart breaking to read about the consequences on the Italians working in this area.

With American tourists banned from Italy, Amalfi Coast workers are sliding into poverty

By Chico Harlan and Stefano Pitrelli
, July 24
 

Valerie

100+ Posts
While Americans certainly do have an economic impact for the area, it also depends heavily on Italian and European travelers, and though they can travel now, many are opting to stay closer to home. Many Italians are doing weekends instead of the full week or two they would normally do for holidays, so it's a big hit to some of these areas (and the workers) all the way around. Also, I've seen several surveys of Italian and European travelers that they are focusing on specific areas, perceived as less crowded -Puglia and Calabria, namely, which means those two locales will be...crowded!...while the traditional places that see crowds will be less so this summer.
 

Sharon J

100+ Posts
We have not canceled our trip to Positano/Tuscany beginning October 13th yet, but in my heart, I know it's coming. It already was postponed from this past May. We will wait a bit longer, and see how it goes. I have next May set for Varenna on Lake Como and back to Tuscany. If it cancels, I will simply be broken hearted. Also, my husband and I are at an age, where we worry that we may never return if this goes on too long. Staying with Nico at Sant'Antonio has been our home away from home for many years. I'm finding this entire thing very depressing. I'm one of those people who has always needed something to look forward to. Too Sad, and starting to lose hope!
 

Alpinista

100+ Posts
Just had the discussion at breakfast with my wife that our cancellation date for our September trip is coming up. When this started in March, thought that the worst I would need to do was to postpone our mid-May departure to early June.....wow, how wrong was that? I fully understand Sharon J's fears about lost opportunities. The number of trips left in my lifetime is no longer that "infinite" number that I always had when making long range plans and each one is a little more special nowadays. For now, stay healthy and stay hopeful.
 

Mom83

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We have not canceled our trip to Positano/Tuscany beginning October 13th yet, but in my heart, I know it's coming. It already was postponed from this past May. We will wait a bit longer, and see how it goes. I have next May set for Varenna on Lake Como and back to Tuscany. If it cancels, I will simply be broken hearted. Also, my husband and I are at an age, where we worry that we may never return if this goes on too long. Staying with Nico at Sant'Antonio has been our home away from home for many years. I'm finding this entire thing very depressing. I'm one of those people who has always needed something to look forward to. Too Sad, and starting to lose hope!
Sharon...I feel exactly the same way. So far this year, we have had to cancel our 2 weeks in Tuscany in April, my daughter’s and my annual mother/daughter summer trip to Canada (it would have been our 27th without a missed year), and our Christmas family get together in Oxford, UK. I just turned 70...my husband soon turns 67, so we know our years of traveling independently the way we like will not go on forever. But, we cannot lose hope! Positano/Tuscany likely may not happen for you this Fall, but I am thinking positively for your May, 2021 trip.
 

Sharon J

100+ Posts
Thanks for all the comments above. Somehow, you have given me some hope. My husband and I are 73 and 74. Hate wasting so much time afraid of so many things. Thank goodness we live in a wonderful little town on the coast of South Carolina. Plus, we have a Marine Air Base here, and for some reason, they make me feel a lot safer.
 

NoSpin

100+ Posts
Wow, that article you posted Pauline is really, really depressing. I am thinking why doesn't Italy institute a policy like one we just experienced.

Last week we returned from 8 days in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. We went with another couple who live in Florida (we live in Massachusetts). A week before we were to leave, they texted us this new edict from the local government -

"There currently are 11 states and territories under travel restrictions into the US Virgin Islands: Arizona; Florida; Georgia; Idaho; Kansas; Mississippi; Nevada; Puerto Rico; South Carolina; Texas and Utah. Travelers from those states and territories must present test results showing they have tested negative for COVID-19 within 5 days of their arrival into the territory. "

They had to rush to get tested, and in fact we went for testing just in case they included all US states. BTW, our testing was great. We called on Monday, got an appointment for Tuesday 9:30 AM, got results at 8:00 PM, and we left on Thursday. As it turns out when we landed, they didn't ask for a Covid test result, but they did ask the usual symptom questions and took our temperature.

So why doesn't Italy do this for American tourists? If you have a negative test taken within a few days of departure, it is likely you are probably Covid free. Certainly the risk is very low.

BryanS, you're in Italy, why don't you contact the government! :)
 

Alpinista

100+ Posts
So why doesn't Italy do this for American tourists?
Italy is following EU guidelines, not just a national policy. I belong to a number of ex-pat and social groupings centered around our area of Italy and I think there is a very pronounced split in regards to having American tourists reappear between those who rely on tourism dollars and those who are concerned about community health. We in the US certainly have not, and are not, doing much to engender their confidence.
 

Pauline

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Well that article about few tourists on the Amalfi Coast is out of date! @Valerie and @BryanS messaged me today from the Amalfi Coast. Buses crowded, boats crowded, streets in Amalfi and Positano crowded. Lots of Italians and Brits. Beaches were full. There was some social distancing on the beach.

Not everyone wearing masks on public transport.

Photo from today in Amalfi.

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Photo from today in Positano.

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