Rome, a city with a population of 3 million that received between 15 and 16 million tourists every year is also among the deserted travel destinations. “Rome looks deserted, and it hurts our hearts but it’s a sign that we have taken it seriously. In some areas, traffic has been reduced by up to 90%,” said Virginia Raggi, the Mayor of the city.
According to Mayor Raggi, who spoke in a virtual press conference, she thinks that “in 2020, there will be no foreign tourists. I’m not saying it; the World Health Organization (WHO) itself has said that it will take months before borders are reopened.”
Rome, like the rest of Italy, is on lockdown, adhering to self-isolation measures and the blocking of activities decreed by the Government to contain the coronavirus pandemic, which has already confirmed more than 180,000 cases and 23,000 deaths in this country.
In Rome, the contrast is quite dramatic. In the past, the Minister of Culture had been asked to “put a limit on tourist entries or a barrier to stop them from jumping in fountains.”
Even though tourism was a key industry for Rome’s economy the government had to enforce measures to restrict tourist access to historical monuments and sites.