COVID 19 – Coronavirus Update

Update as of October 10

COVID-19 is a global situation that has interrupted and disrupted everyone’s travel plans, not to mention personal day-to-day living.

Italy approves and restricts entry for certain countries, as well now imposes mandatory COVID-19 testing on all arrival from 4 countries (details below).

Otherwise, Italy has managed to “control” the virus, but to keep things under control, the government will extend its “emergency status” until January 31, 2021.

Next update expected October 15.

When can Americans Travel to Italy? The Local

Italy begins vaccine testing with volunteers – COVID Vaccine

More details and links to related online information can be found below.

Palio di Siena

Both races for 2020 (July 2 and August 16) were officially cancelled.

All 2020 reservations have been transferred to the respective races in 2021. Under provisions provided by the Italian Government, event tickets (nationally) were deemed non-refundable. Any 2020 Palio tickets are still valid for use next year. Immediate refunds are not available if you are not able to attend next year’s dates, however, with notification, refunds are possible if we are able to resell your tickets and or hotel package.

We are extending this carry over provision until the end of 2021 to allow for next year’s Palio dates and any possible event tours such as the Mille Miglia or our small group tours such as any Food & Wine Tour or Christmas Market Tour that are scheduled to take place in the latter months of the year. In some instances, these travel programs and services could be selected to replace a Palio reservation.

Reservation requests for Palio 2022 are being accepted.

Revised Terms & Conditions for New Palio Accommodation/Ticket Package Reservations

With consideration to the COVID pandemic situation; With any new 2021 Palio Accommodation/Ticket Package reservation, if notice to cancel (due to COVID travel restrictions) is provided before March 1st, 2021, we will provide for a refund of any payments made (net of credit card service charges). Or if notice to cancellation is made prior to the March 1st date we can also offer to transfer the reservation (and its payments to the respective Palio race in 2022).

After the March 1st date and up until May 29th 2021, if cancellation notice is given, we can provide a 50% refund, the remaining funds could be refunded if we are able to resell the Tickets (ie palio tickets, contrada dinner tickets, trial race tickets). After May 29th we must resell the entire package (hotel and tickets) in order to provide a refund.

The exception to the above refund schedule relates to certain hotels; payments for Grand Continental and Relais degli Angeli are not refundable at any time (and were not previously). These are terms expressly dictated by these 2 hotels. Also certain Campo Apartments or the Campo Suites (w/ windows or balconies) may be exempt from any refund provisions.

Opera Tickets

Milan La Scala: Many productions of the current Season have been cancelled. Information on the rescheduling of any cancelled performance will be published on their website, whereas the 2020/2021 Season will be announced after the summer break (thus anticipated to be in late September). For more details:  Refunds are available on cancelled performances.

Verona Opera: the program for 2020 has been cancelled. The performance schedule for 2021 can be viewed here:  Currently purchased ticket holders can select the same or another performance from the 2021 schedule. More details provided here: Verona Opera Tickets

More News for Travel to Italy

As of September 7, EU member state countries (except Croatia, Greece, Malta, Spain, Romania and Bulgaria) are allowed entry to Italy. In addition, the UK, Northern Ireland, Andorra and Principality of Monaco are also allowed entry. The list of other safe countries currently includes: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay. *China is also on the EU list, but only on the condition of reciprocal action by the Chinese authorities”.

The United States is not on this initial list.  The ability to be on the approved list to be reviewed every 2 weeks. Next update expected October 15th.

Latest News:

“Which travelers face COVID testing upon arriving in Italy” The

Other Useful Information

The following links are offered to help you stay informed with the most accurate information on pandemic conditions and or the travel restrictions issued by European and U.S. Governments.

In Abundance of Caution: Italy Extends Emergency Provisions until October 15

Italian Ministry: Foreign Travelers in Italy

IATA –  COVID-19 Global Travelers’ Map

Italy:  COVID-19 Map

W.H.O. on COVID-19: World Health Organization

Travel Information and Restrictions for Italy: U.S. State Department

Italy COVID-19 Info: U.S. Embassy

Check the Center of Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) for travel related updates.

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