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Visit Italy in 2021

The Ultimate Guide to Italy in 2021

I don’t know about you, but visiting Italy in 2021 is one of my top priorities. Covid-19 canceled an epic month-long trip I had for June 2020—I believe in postponement, but never cancellation.

Whether or not you planned to visit Italy before coronavirus, I think you’ll find the next several paragraphs helpful. After explaining the status quo of traveling to Italy, I’ll name my top picks for where to go in Italy once it’s opened up to all of us again.

The good news? The light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter, and closer. The bad news? It’ll likely be summer or even autumn 2021 by the time we can easily visit Italy again.

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When Will Italy Re-open to Tourists?

If you want to visit Italy in 2021 and you aren’t already in the EU (or somewhere on the increasingly short list of “safe” countries, as designated by EU authorities), you might feel anxious by Europe’s continued external border closure and a severe third wave of infection that has undermined a vaccine rollout that was already too slow. While no date has been set for lifting travel restrictions on the European end, new US president Joe Biden has signaled he will lift the ban on foreign nationals from Europe as early as May—I can’t imagine he would do this without a behind-closed-doors promise for reciprocity.

Separate from this, airlines are trialing limited “safe” travel corridors in what I can only assume are test runs for new global health infrastructure. Delta flights between Atlanta at Rome, for example, now require passengers to test negative both before departure and after arrival, eliminating the need for quarantine. As vaccines become more ubiquitous and Covid recedes, innovative “health pass” technology such as CommonPass may eliminate the need for entry restrictions all together.

Where to Go in Italy in 2021

The eternal city of Rome


If there’s one city in the world that knows how to bounce back after a plague, it’s Rome. The Italy capital and aptly-named Eternal City has always been one of my favorite places in the world, and I look especially forward to returning to Rome in 2021, whether enjoying a heaping plate of carbonara in Trastevere, or watching the sunset from Villa Borghese.

Italy’s underrated southwest


When I visit Italy in 2021, I’ll not only make it a priority to return to Naples and the Amalfi Coast, but a part of the Italian southwest I’ve never visited. I’m referring, of course, to Sicily, which likes Naples itself (but not so much Amalfi, which is rightly revered) suffers from an unfair (and unrelenting) reputation.



Tuscany is a popular part of Italy, both for travelers and in global culture, but it’s also much bigger than people imagine. While I’ve visited a winery or two and spent plenty of time in cities like Florence and Pisa, I simply haven’t given Tuscany the time it deserves. My main dilemma, looking forward, is whether it’s responsible to rent a car in a wine region!

The Italian Alps


If you plan to visit Italy in 2021, I urge you not to ignore the Italian Alps as I have far too often done. On my radar for next year are the Dolomites and all the hiking in their vicinity, as well as Lake Como, whose surrounding Lombardy region is definitely going to need tourist dollars (and lots of love!) after suffering as badly as it did early in the pandemic. 



Those of you who have read this site for any length of time will know that I’m not a huge fan of Venice. However, given how likely it is that Venice will be relatively uncrowded in 2021 (the city’s crowds, let’s be honest, are most of what I dislike about it), I’m willing to give the city another shot at wowing me.

My 2021 Italy Plans

The silver lining about having an entire trip disrupted, as opposed to just one city or town, is that you can easily re-purpose the itinerary. Once Italy’s border re-opens and I can make firm plans to enter the country, I will likely follow the 2020 trip I planned to a T. After starting in Milan and spending about a week in the northwest, I’ll head east to Venice and then travel down through Tuscany to Rome, from which I’ll head southeastward to Puglia before crossing over to Naples, finishing up in Sicily and Sardinia.

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Other FAQ About Traveling to Italy in 2021

Can you fly to Italy right now?

Although you can fly to Italy right now from dozens of countries around the world, you probably can’t enter Italy as a tourist. As of April 2021, only travelers from within the EU and a short list of “third” countries including Thailand and South Korea can visit Italy for non-essential purposes.

Are tourists allowed in Italy?

Tourists are allowed in Italy from within the EU and certain non-EU countries, but many restrictions are in place. Namely, travelers from “red” zones in Europe (which includes most of the continent, as of March 2021) will face mandatory quarantine on arrival in Italy; many travelers will need to quarantine upon returning home, regardless of where they live.

Is it safe to travel in Italy during the Covid-19 pandemic?

Assuming you adhere to safety protocols like wearing a mask, social distancing and avoiding indoor congregation, Italy is as “safe” as any other place in the world during coronavirus. On the other hand, traveling in Italy like before the pandemic will likely have to wait until worldwide vaccination reaches a saturation point.

The Bottom Line

If you want to visit Italy in 2021, chances are mixed that you’ll be able to do so. The questions that remain are when Italy’s border will re-open, and what requirements for visiting will be. In the beginning, anyway, it’s likely that travelers who wish to enter Italy will need to have been vaccinated against Covid-19. Given the fact that some barriers to entry will still exist, Italy probably won’t be as crowded in 2021 as it was in 2019 (or will be, no doubt, in 2022). Make your 2021 Italy trip one for the record books when you hire me as your Travel Coach.

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