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We (l) come back to Puglia

Italy will reopen its borders to foreign travel on 3 June. The Italian Prime Minister Guiseppe Conte signed a decree early this morning. We (l) come back to Puglia! It is the same day that national restrictions will be lifted and we can travel around Italy. From that date we will be allowed to leave […]

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Italy considers reopening to tourists

The good … Day 2 of “phase 2” – the easing of Italy’s lockdown measures – and Italy’s culture and tourism minister Dario Franceschini has told Italian newspaper Il Messaggero that Italy is “ … starting bilateral talks with other countries that send a lot of tourists to Italy.” Dismissing as “fake news” reports that Italy […]

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It’s life, Jim, but not as we know it

With impossibly blue skies soaring above us it is hard not to think of the out-of-bounds sparkling azure seas surrounding us. In Puglia we have just over 800km (500 miles) of coast, 80% of it accessible to the public. If olive oil is the life blood of our region then tourism comprises the veins and […]

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Covid-19 lockdown in Puglia – week 4

We are coming to the end of our 4th week of stay at home sequestration in Puglia. The government has officially extended the covid-19 lockdown until 13 April, but it is likely that it will be extended again until 1 May – at the earliest. According to head of Italy’s Protezione Civile Angelo Borrelli (the government […]

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Coronavirus Podcast #2 – Turkey and Greece

After radical measures to lockdown Italy in an attempt to contain the coronavirus, we look to see what is happening elsewhere in Europe. Listen to our latest podcast episode here or get it from your usual podcast provider. “We are where we are with this, and that’s never a good place to be…” We already […]

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Coronavirus – our stay at home survival kit

Ready to join us in splendid self-isolation? Let us suggest some guilty pleasures to help pass the time and remind you all that #andràtuttobene 🌈… Film With plenty of time on your thoroughly and frequently washed hands we have a couple of late night double-feature picture shows, suitable for any time of day. #1 – […]

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Gay TV star Dr Christian Jessen – “Il coronavirus? Una scusa degli italiani per prolungare la loro siesta”.

“Il coronavirus? Una scusa degli italiani per prolungare la loro siesta”. Davanti a 15mila malati e oltre mille morti nel nostro Paese quello è un commento del dottor Christian Jessen, 43enne medico britannico è il popolare medico della tv britannica (e gay dichiarato) che conduce il reality Malattie Imbarazzanti. Ha anche prodotto e narrato un documentario intitolato […]

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Coronavirus in Puglia – checkpoints and road checks

As the Covid-19 coronavirus continues to surge in Italy with over 2,000 new cases and 200 deaths confirmed in the last 24 hours, police in Salento have placed checkpoints and have been carrying out random checks along roads in provincial and urban areas to enforce the “severe restrictions on the free movement of citizens”, according […]

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#IoRestoACasa – I stay at home (unless I shop)

Strange times indeed… Today is Wednesday, yesterday was Tuesday. But living in circumstances such as these, life is surreal. And how quickly that has happened. Keeping track of which day it is seems relatively unimportant to everything else unfolding around us. The current statistics As of today the number of infections in Puglia have increased […]

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Coronavirus in Italy – “I stay at home”

More than 60 million people in Italy have been placed under lockdown after the government extended emergency measures across the entire country in an attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Prime Minister Guiseppe Conte announced that restrictions on travel and public gatherings initially imposed on northern regions on Sunday had been extended to […]

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