Coronavirus cuts number of tourists visiting Rome monuments
For tourists in Rome, obtaining a good picture next to the Trevi Fountain or Spanish Steps can be a real adventure due to the large number of people who visit the Roman trademarks. Yet, that challenge is now gone because of the coronavirus.
“I didn't know it was going to be so easy. The media makes it seem more chaotic than it is.”
"It is very nice to come, visit and be calm."
Italy is one of the countries most-affected by the outbreak. The illness has impacted one of the country's biggest sources of income, tourism. Normally crowded shopping streets such as Via dei Condotti now face this reality.
“Our plane was more than half empty. Rome is spectacular for a tourist. I see it quite empty.”
“You feel a little sorry. Last night, the restaurants were empty. Besides, I don't understand the freakout, people have masks but take them off to take pictures.”
These tourists say they prefer to enjoy their time to walk in the footprints of ancient history throughout the Eternal City.
“Rome is an impressive city. It is monumental and also an open-air museum. Every part of it is up for discovery and entertainment. I love it!”
While fewer tourists could jointly be linked to cold temperatures, those already in Rome are taking precautions and discovering the hidden corners of the Eternal City.
Daniel Díaz Vizzi
Translate: Melissa Butz