Month: March 2020

Coronavirus in Italy – day #1 of lockdown

DAY #1 of Quarantine ITALY It is as if we have slipped into a dystopian unreality in the last 12 hours… Michele Emiliano, the president of Puglia, signed an order earlier today obliging all those arriving from the north in the coming hours to go into quarantine. “Get off at the first train station, don’t […]

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Don’t come to Puglia – go back

Puglia’s Governor Michele Emiliano has issued a dramatic appeal following today’s government decree placing a quarter of Italy’s population under quarantine. “Don’t come to Puglia, go back.” The appeal issued via Facebook was posted immediately after Italian Prime Minister Guiseppe Conte’s signature on the new containment measures, in anticipation of a rush of Italians based […]

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Coronavirus in Italy – “a national emergency”

“We want to guarantee the health of our citizens. We understand that these measures will impose sacrifices, sometimes small and sometimes very big. But this is a time where we must take responsibility for ourselves.” Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte Ten days ago coronavirus was only just a topic of conversation here in Puglia. Something […]

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Coronavirus in Puglia – what a difference a day makes

With the situation remaining fluid we consider the latest developments in Italy over the last 24 hours. New containment measures – Italy wide Yesterday, Italy’s government took a raft of new steps to contain the coronavirus outbreak including closure of all schools and universities until 15 March. All sporting events including Serie A football (our […]

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The only thing we have to fear is fear itself; Coronavirus in Puglia

Today, March 4th, is the anniversary of the first inauguration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt whose speech after taking the oath famously included his best known quote, which is worth remembering today. “…The only thing we have to fear is…fear itself…”. Word on the street In Puglia life continues with the coronavirus little more than […]

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Ostuni; business as usual (but under refurbishment)…

We are often asked whether towns and cities in Puglia will be open to sustain visitors outside the peak tourist season (usually from Easter through to October, reaching its peak in August with the ferragosto holiday on 15 August). Commercial activity in Lecce and Bari continues throughout the year. Most restaurants bars and shops are […]

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