Looking for the latest news about the Coronavirus Rome?
What's the situation here? What is happening in Rome today?
What restrictions are in place? What's open? What's closed?
Can you plan your trip to Italy?
Read on to find out the answers to these questions and more Rome Italy news today.
I've had lots of questions about Coronavirus in Rome since all this began, with the questions changing over time. Now I think most people want to know simply when they can visit and what it will be like when they get here.
But there are other questions, too, so I hope to answer them here:
The system of zone categorization has ended, as part of the pathway out of restrictions, but some rules still apply - read on to find out all the details.
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While all businesses are allowed to be open again now, many individual businesses have had to close because of the impact of Coronavirus in Rome and Italy.
It's best to check in advance if you’re planning on visiting a particular shop, restaurant or hotel on a future visit to Italy therefore.
As of May 1 2022, the Green Pass system for accessing locations and services within Italy has pretty much been removed entirely - the only exception is for visitors to care homes and hospitals.
My Green Pass page sets out all the information for more details!
Museums and cultural sites are all allowed to open.
Always check the individual procedures for any site you wish to visit to avoid being disappointed, as they have the right to enforce their own rules outside of the government's advice.
Indoors sites such as the below are open:
Outdoor spaces and churches remain open and available to visitors, including:
If you are planning to visit the Vatican Museums, the requirement to show evidence of vaccination or recovery or negative test result on arrival is NO LONGER in place, according to their website. Entrances are be staggered and timed to avoid too many visitors being present at any one time, so you must be punctual.
Tickets for tours to the Vatican Gardens and Saint Peter’s Tomb are available for future dates, but places are limited, so please do book these well in advance if you are planning to include them on a future visit to Rome.
Churches have always been allowed to stay open, on the provision that social distancing can be maintained and large groups of people do not gather together, so St Peter's Basilica is open. There is no advance booking required for visiting St Peter's Basilica.
As normal, you will have to go through airport-style security to enter the basilica.
Don’t forget to cover your knees and shoulders as per the normal requirements.
The archaeological park that includes the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill is open, with the same rules for booking and entry as were put in place when it first reopened in 2020.
Now that the park has been open for some time, they have started opening up some of the SUPER sites that have been closed since the pandemic started, including the new Colosseum underground area.
My video about visiting this new section will give you an idea what it's like to visit the Colosseum right now:
If you would like to plan ahead for a future trip, you can find all the rules and advice, along with an app on the Colosseum's official website here.
Is it safe to travel to Italy during Covid?
We feel safe going around Rome.
We are following the rules and common-sense health and hygiene practices as we always have done.
At the end of 2021 there was a steady increase in case numbers in Italy, but now the active case numbers have declined significantly.
You can follow the case numbers here:
Italy is officially OPEN for tourism.
However, even now that travel into Italy is allowed, the country where you live may have different rules about what you are allowed to do.
It's important to remember that even with travel being possible, there are still restrictions in Italy that apply to locals and visitors alike which you will need to follow while you're here.
Travel from anywhere to Italy is quarantine AND restriction free as of June 1!
The Italian government has confirmed that as of the start of June 2022, there are NO requirements to prove your Covid status for anyone.
This means you no longer have to show proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or proof of a negative test result to enter Italy - fantastic news!
Your ability to come to Rome will of course also depend on airline and flight availability, as well as your personal circumstances - just know we cannot wait to welcome you back!
If you are unlucky enough to test positive for Covid during your trip here, there are a few things you need to be aware of.
After taking a test (most likely at a pharmacy) that comes back positive, you will need to self-isolate for 5 days. You do not need to take a further test at the end of the 5 days.
You can freely move around after the 5 day period, but are required to wear an FFP2 mask for 10 days from when you first experienced symptoms. The only exception is if you have taken a further test which comes back negative.
If you are due to travel during or immediately after the self-isolation period, you will need to speak to your airline or travel provider to understand the rules that may apply to your chosen transport company and/or destination country.
As the future starts looking more positive, it's only natural that you may wish to start making travel plans to come to Rome, or re-book trips that had to be cancelled because of Coronavirus in Rome.
Museums and cultural sites are now largely open, and when possible, I urge you to book these in advance, although be aware that bookings are not always open for a long time in the future.
Also, if you plan to take the train from Rome to Florence, or anywhere else, I suggest booking that in advance as well.
Italy has gotten crowded again and things are filling up!