Italy's most famous tourist attractions reopen

Many of Italy’s most famous cultural sites have started to reopen after being closed for more than three months, with safety measures including temperature checks and mandatory face masks.

Many of Italy’s most famous cultural sites have started to reopen after being closed for more than three months, with safety measures including temperature checks and mandatory face masks. But with travel still restricted until 3 June, for now Italy's sights will only be accessible to local residents.

From Monday on, Rome's Colosseum and Vatican Museums reopen to the public, and a major exhibition marking the 500th anniversary of the death of the Renaissance painter Raphael also reopens at Rome's Le Scuderie del Quirinale. Florence’s Uffizi Gallery is set to reopen on 2 June, and its Accademia Gallery, home to Michaeloangelo's David, on 2 June.

Some of the country's most famous historical sites are already open to visitors. The Leaning Tower of Pisa reopened on 27 May, Florence's Palazzo Pitti on 28 May, and the Pompeii archaeological park on 23 May. Paestum, the ancient Greek archaeological site south of Naples, was the first to reopen already on 18 May, with temperature checks at the entrance and other health measures implemented around the site.

All tourist sites have strict safety measures in place after reopening. Visitors to the Colosseum will have to buy in advance tickets online, wear face masks, and have their temperature checked at the entrance. The Leaning Tower is only allowing 15 visitors at a time, who must wear face masks and an electronic device that warns them if they're within a metre of anyone else.

Florence's Duomo, which reopened on 22 May, has introduced social-distancing necklaces for visitors which vibrate when wearers get too close to one another, while the Accademia Gallery is trialling a Bluetooth app which vibrates to alert you to other people nearby. All attractions either require or recommend online booking in advance, with visitors numbers strictly limited.

Italy is also preparing from 3 June to allow in tourists from the EU and UK from that date. However, some countries are warning their citizens against "premature" travel to Italy, and could bar Italians from visiting amid concerns about the country's coronavirus infection rate.

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