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The Italian National Tourist Board says, in a statement, that “it is safe to travel to Italy.”

In accordance with the data provided by Italy’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to date only 0.05 percent of Italy is affected by extraordinary measures of temporary isolation of some Italian cities (equal to 0.1 percent of the total) aimed at avoiding the spread of the virus.

Only 12 out of 7,904 Italian cities are affected by such measures: Lombardy: Bertonico, Casalpusterlengo, Castelgerundo, Castiglione D’Adda, Codogno, Fombio, Maleo, San Fiorano, Somaglia, Terranova dei Passerini Veneto: Vo’ Euganeo.

The remainder of the country, including the Italian regions where the cities in temporary isolation are located, is, according to the Italian National Tourist Board, safe and accessible. All services and activities for citizens and tourists, says the tourist board, are normally provided and the quality of life, for which Italy is famous worldwide, remains high.

Luxury travel advisor Ylenia Sambati, based in Puglia, Italy with YLTTOUR DMC, commented on Recommend’s Facebook page, “A few cancellations so far and all other bookings hanging on for Puglia in Italy as business and life here flows as usual.”

That said, U.S.-based travel advisors’ clients are concerned. Says Carol Edwards of Luxury Signature Journeys, “Clients thinking about cancellation on a European cruise leaving from Rome in July,” with travel advisor Jeanie Johnston commenting that she had two group tours cancel, including one to Italy.

For more information, visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation site at and the Ministry of Health at

For more on Coronavirus’ impact on the airline industry, click here, here and here.