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hey everyone, has anyone arrived to italy by plane in the last month or so? I'm planning moving to Florence in July but not sure if I'll make it through migrations once I arrive
Hi everyone! I hope you are doing fine! In July for 2.5 weeks, a college and I will be in Italy and wanted to know which places you would recommend going to? If possible, a place not very expensive, maybe with strong history or maybe some lovely beaches?
Thanks!
mpic2mo
Sicilia if you don't mind the high temperatures, Sardegna if you prefer older but probably less fascinating ruins (Nuraghe against Greek ruins in Sicilia) and cuisine less curated but still fascinating.
Puglia maybe in third position.
mpic2mo
If you prefer something "less mainstream" check Marche (Portonovo, Sirolo, Numana, Grottammare), Molise (Termoli). Abruzzo (Fossacesia), but I would go to Marche (my region), Abruzzo or Molise only if you have a car.
You can enjoy Sicilia also without a car (probably it's better if you avoid to take a car there), even if to visit some pearls it will be a little bit more difficult (Selinunte, Segesta, Erice, ...).
mpic2mo
Of course Campania and Calabria too, but I'm not used to them.
Thanks fvwgqw ! I'll consider Sicilia for sure
mpic2mo
Depending on what is your priority, I would stay in Palermo if you prefer to stay in the capital of the reign, very beautiful and the only place quite well connected to most of the most interesting places to visit. Otherwise if beaches are the priority, I would look for places between Trapani and Marsala. If you like to hike, probably a place between Catania and Taormina, close to Etna.
dccb2mo
For 2.5 weeks in Sicilia you could move around with the train. The downside is that you have to stick to the coasts as there is more frequency for day trips.
Palermo - Catania is about a 3 hours journey. Stop by Milazzo if you want to explore the Isole Eolie or by Trapani for Isole Egadi.
There is also a network of buses AST, Sais, Interbus, Prestia e Comandรจ
In Palermo, stop by i segreti del chiostro for a hard-to-match ricotta cannolo.
Hi Ramadis, do you know more already? Im also coming next week and was wondering how if all stays like hostels are open
Hi nilflfk are you still in pisa?
Ha no I was only there for 2 weeks!
Hi, anyone been to Catania? Coming there next week and would love to know if you know about some places I can work from?


```I recently discovered the "Expat Insider" ratings online. I was shocked to see Italy so far down in the ranking for the "Digital Life" category, with many people apparently complaining that internet bandwidth and reliability are constant problems. I lived in Rome over 15 years ago, and it's true our home internet connection wasn't great. But by 2021 I expected things would be much improved. I need a fast, reliable home internet connection for working from home, with frequent video meetings and cloud-based working files. Is Italy's internet infrastructure so bad that I shouldn't consider trying to make it work?```
I was considering going there as well, and this is a factor I didn't like so much, felt a bit like lottery. From what I saw, it is better now, as in 2020 the equipment has been updated... But not everywhere.
I decided to go somewhere else for other reasons for now, but when I'll go to Italy, I prepare to check directly with the landlords, as it seems to depend not only on the city but sometimes on the building.
I nomaded in Italy for 1 year (2018/19) and I admit the reviews and reading things about connectivity did scare me, but in the end wifi was pretty standard and never had issues. If I had an issue (1x it happened) it was because the airbnb host literally was paying for the smallest bandwidth of internet, but I cancelled and got a refund. But yea, overall I think definitely ask your landlord or host about internet. Check reviews for sure. I worked from Rome, Milan, and Veniceย in that period (mostly Rome) and all were good. Obviously Rome and Milan were the most reliable. Other cities I can't speak for and I can see those maybe having some issues if they're smaller. But now with the city having to quickly go remote overnight, I'd imagine many things have improved.
Itโ€™s not that bad to be honest. Most big cities have good coverage with optic fibre up to several 100Mbps.

Also, for nomads, I would recommend picking up a mobile router and a sim with a good amount of GB.

Personally, I use www.ho-mobile.it/|ho-mobile as a domestic connection 100GB for 8 euro/month and can be restarted as many times as you need. Itโ€™s about 30Mbps but pretty stable, I have no issue streaming HD videos (even 2 at the same time) and videoconferencing).
mpic1mo
I have had a basic adsl 12 Mb/s in download and 0.8 in upload (more or less) for ages, and with a good ping also in my little village of 2000 people in the middle of countryside in Marche. Not good for uploading big files, but for development and meetings it was way more than enough. And 4G coverage is good so I could just use that for edge cases. There are starting to be many coworking spaces almost everywhere (in Jesi, 40000 people, there are two in the center).

Lately the government is investing a lot to bring optical fiber connections almost everywhere (FTTH), it arrived also in my little village with connections up to 1 Gb/s.
You can check the status of the works on "bandaultralarga italia it"

I travelled also in many places in the past years, also in Sardegna/Sicilia. Not the best connected places in the world and you may have problems if you are looking for a very stable and fast connection, but for many cases it's enough.
Hey :slightly_smiling_face:. Thinking about doing a cooking course in Florence and Padova in August. Iโ€™m fully vaccinated and will be coming from US or Serbia and am aware of the covid flights and testing. Anyone in Italy right who could give some on-the-ground insights on how things are in terms life returning back to normal? Is August too soon?
mpic1mo
One month ago theatres were starting to reopen, most of regions are getting "white" (no curfew anymore), the rest of them are yellow (almost everything open, a light curfew at 23:00). In August I can imagine that at least in small places things will be very close to normality, in big cities, perhaps a little less.
Hello everyone, I'm traveling by bike from Paris to Istanbul. I will be in Milano tomorrow for a few days. Hit me up if you want to have a drink or eat something ๐Ÿ˜‰
I will then go to Verona and Venice
But of course August in Italy is never really โ€œnormalโ€ โ€” itโ€™s ferragosto!
mpic1mo
That's the 15th of August, but yes, agosto is always a little bit Ferragosto ๐Ÿ™‚
Anyone in Palermo?
If you plan to go to Palermo, let's meet
Hey, is anyone in Naples & Rome? ๐ŸŒž
Does anyone have any better understanding of the entrance requirements? I'm reading IATA and salute website and they are contradicting each other for D-Visa holders ๐Ÿค”
Salute:
> The re-entry/entry into Italy, in case of stay/transit in the previous 14 days from this group of countries, is always allowed to Italian/EU/Schengen citizens and their family members, as well as to holders of long-term resident status and their family members (Directive 2004/38/EC). It is also confirmed the possibility of entry into Italy, from List E countries, for persons who have a proven and stable emotional relationship (even if not cohabiting) with Italian/EU/Schengen citizens or natural persons who are legally resident in Italy (long-term residents), who need to reach their partner's home/domicile/residence (in Italy).

IATA:
> Published 07.07.2021
> 1. Until 30 July 2021, passengers are not allowed to enter.
> - This does not apply to:
> - nationals of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Vatican City (Holy See);
> - passengers with a long-term residence permit or a long term "D" visa issued by Switzerland or an EEA Member State;
Reading it does not look contradictory to me. Salute says people can enter and IATA says that not entering does not apply to Visa D holders ie visa D holders can enter.
hey U0332P47Tbr />> Salute says people can enter
But it only lists long term residence people and not D-Visa (which is different), or am I missing something here?
rabxydddxkctc Are you still going to Florence? I'll be there in August too, taking a drawing class!
dhtdpxwhr Ended up just booking the cooking class in Padova but not the one in Florence ๐Ÿ˜ž
mpic15d
I love Padova, while there don't forget to visit Cappella degli Scrovegni. There are also a lot of speed cameras in the city, be careful, I got my last ticket there, in October.
Does anyone have a dentist they can recommend for a checkup in Florence?
๐Ÿ›ฌ wfaimfeda just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Florence, #italy
Does anyone have a resource so I can lookup the covid19 restrictions for Italy? Also are restrictions per region or Italy as a whole?
This should get you headed in the right direction - everything is by region but all the regions are โ€œwhiteโ€ - at least thatโ€™s my understanding -



There is some talk of possible new restrictions coming soon. bbclscaahbh
Grazie
just arrived in rome, would love to meet up with anyone here. send me a dm!
Hi! The PCR doesn't include hour. Do you know if that could be a problem? Thanksss
๐Ÿ›ฌ ftpesqnsywgo just arrived in ๐Ÿ Amalfi, #italy
๐Ÿ›ฌ itrtcd just arrived in San Marcello, #italy
๐Ÿ›ฌ gjlkctfwga just arrived in :church:๏ธ Palermo, #italy
๐Ÿ›ฌ jaldhmwqjfkekopyy just arrived in Saremar Isola di Caprera Palau>La Maddalena, #italy
๐Ÿ›ฌ canvdpprpszm just arrived in ๐Ÿ• Naples, #italy
What's the covid process on the Italian streets, to enter museums, cafรฉs, restaurants... is that "Green Card" needed to enter? There are some countries allowed to enter Italy but we don't have the _Green Card_. Will there be any rejections without a covid vaccine proof?
Green Pass will be required from Aug 6th for sitting indoors, as well as events, museums, pools, gyms
You can still enter Italy with a negative pcr
ybijihgehzy My impression is that itโ€™s still unclear whether a vaccine certificate is permitted in place of a Green pass with regard to the new restrictions. But, Iโ€™d guess that a certificate from a non-EU country will work like a Green Pass and that there will be official clarification soon - hopefully before the requirements are in effect. I also suspect there will be a process for getting a Green Pass QR code after a review of your certificate - eventually. www.stripes.com/covid/2021-07-23/new-italy-covid-rules-effects-on-us-military-unclear-2250199.html
๐Ÿ›ฌ nurcuazl just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Milan, #italy
I just got a response from URP. and the response is super generic:
```Movements to / from the rest of the world are allowed only in the presence of precise reasons, such as work, health or study reasons, absolute urgency, return to one's home, home or residence. Therefore, travel for tourism is not allowed.```
and I don't believe it
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