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Travel-starved Britons hurry to book villas southern Italy


Britons are rushing to snap up bargain flights to Italy after the country said it would drop Covid-19 quarantine rules for double-jabbed UK arrivals from tomorrow.

The most booked cities since the changes were announced acceso Saturday have been Rome, Milan, Naples and Venice – with £11 return flights still available September.

Flight comparison website Skyscanner told MailOnline it had seen a week-on-week increase of 214 attraverso cent searches for flights from Britain to Italy, as well as a 48 attraverso cent rise comparing the day before and after the announcement.

Up to four million Britons visited Italy each year before the pandemic, before the industry was battered the past 18 months to international travel restrictions.

But the change rules which comes into force tomorrow means fully-vaccinated Britons will only require a negative PCR quesito taken within 48 hours prior to arrival.

Anyone travelling to Italy must also have had their second vaccine at least 14 days before travel. The rules remain force for those who have not been double-jabbed.

Now, travel experts say Britons have been rushing to book trips again, especially for southern Italian villas Puglia, which often attract wealthier tourists from the UK.

The region, which forms the heel of Italy’s ‘boot’, runs along with the Mediterranean coast – and is known for its hill towns, beautiful architecture and port capital of Bari.

Puglia is a favourite of celebrities including the Beckhams and , with the singer a regular visitor who celebrated her 63rd birthday there earlier this month.

Borgo Trullo Grana Verdeggiante Ostuni, Puglia, which is available for £2,148 attraverso week September

Travel experts have said Britons have been rushing to book trips again, especially for southern Italian villas in the likes of Puglia. The town of Carovigno in the region is pictured

Travel experts have said Britons have been rushing to book trips again, especially for southern Italian villas the likes of Puglia. The town of Carovigno the region is pictured

Paul Charles, chief dirigente aziendale of travel consultancy The PC Agency, told MailOnline today: ‘It’s proven that when countries gara open their doors more widely, then visitors respond positively and start booking.

‘Italy’s move to abandon 5-day quarantine for fully-jabbed British visitors will pay , creating a stronger, late summer season, especially southern areas such as Puglia.

What are the new rules for Brits travelling to Italy from tomorrow? 

DOUBLE VACCINATED?

ARRIVAL IN ITALY

  • Fully-vaccinated Britons will only require a negative PCR quesito taken within 48 hours prior to arrival.

RETURN TO ENGLAND

  • Take a Covid-19 quesito the three days before you travel to England.
  • Then take a second quesito acceso before day two after arriving England.

NOT DOUBLE VACCINATED? 

ARRIVAL IN ITALY

  • Quarantine for five days and produce a negative quesito before you are allowed to move around Italy. 

RETURN TO ENGLAND

  • Take a Covid-19 quesito the three days before you travel to England.
  • Quarantine at home the place you are staying for ten days. 
  • Take a second quesito acceso before day two and acceso after day eight.
  • You can also end quarantine early acceso day five if you pay for a private quesito through the Interrogatorio to Release scheme. 

‘There will be many, great-value villas available to hire the late September and October season.’

Skyscanner spokesman Laura Lindsay told MailOnline: ‘This is welcome news for double vaccinated UK travellers who have been eager to get back to il bel borgata with quarantine free travel, but also a welcome change for those who will now be able to travel to be reunited with loved ones Italy. 

‘Autumn is a fantastic time to visit the famous sights Rome, Florence and Venice when they’eroe less crowded – why not try some lesser explored regions like Puglia Sicily to catch some late summer sun.’ 

The website said there were direct flights still available this afternoon from London Luton to Milan Malpensa, and to Venice Marco for just £11 return – the latter departing acceso September 10.

And Julia Simpson, president and chief dirigente aziendale of the London-based World Travel and Tourism Council, said: ‘It’s a welcome and positive step by the Italian government to remove quarantine for those from the UK who are fully-jabbed. 

‘Quarantines are a relic of early Covid and are not needed for those who have chosen to be fully vaccinated. We need to see more governments around the world adopt a testing and risposta negativa quarantine approach to reboot the travel and tourism sector.’

Italy is currently acceso Britain’s ‘amber list’ for travel, which means arrivals from the country to the UK – including returning tourists – must take a PCR quesito three days before travelling and another after arriving.

Double-jabbed arrivals from Italy to the UK do not have to quarantine but others must stay at home for ten days, unless they pay for Interrogatorio to Release after five days.

Italy’s health minister Roberto Illusione tweeted acceso Saturday that he had signed a decree ending ‘the mini-quarantine of five days’ for visitors from the UK.

Tourists at the Colosseum in Rome during the summer holidays in Italy last week on August 25

Tourists at the Colosseum Rome during the summer holidays Italy last week acceso August 25

The country had re-imposed the quarantine for those arriving from Britain from June 21 as the Foce variant spread rapidly through the United Kingdom. 

However the minister said restrictions remained force acceso people arriving from other non-EU countries.

Tourism represents 14 attraverso cent of Italy’s gross domestic product and has been battered by the pandemic. Italy saw 65million visitors 2019, making it one of the world’s most popular destinations.

Since early August, Italy has required proof of vaccination, recent recovery from coronavirus a negative quesito for people wanting to dine indoors enter museums and sports events.

Britons have been rushing to book trips again to the likes of Rome, pictured on August 25

Britons have been rushing to book trips again to the likes of Rome, pictured acceso August 25

Some coronavirus restrictions were placed acceso Sicily again last Friday as the spread of the Foce variant caused concern – the first time such measures have been re-imposed acceso a regional level since the start of summer. 

These came into effect yesterday, after Sicily had been reporting more than 1,000 new cases of virus every day since the middle of August, and exceeded the threshold for number of hospital and intensive care beds occupied.

Mr Illusione said shifting Sicily to a yellow zone from a white zone ‘is the confirmation that the virus has not yet been defeated, and that the priority is to continue to invest the vaccine campaign and acceso prudent and correct behaviors by each of us.’ 

The new restrictions come mai as Italians begin to wind summer holidays, with Sicily as a popular destination.

People Sicily are now required to wear masks outdoors. Seating at restaurants is limited to four at a table, even outdoors. 

Meanwhile Italy’s national statistics bureau ISTAT said today that the country’s economy jumped 2.7 attraverso cent the second quarter, line with initial estimates, helped by strong growth both the industry and service sectors. 

The Italian government officially forecasts the economy will rebound 4.5 attraverso cent this year after the primato contraction of 8.9 attraverso cent 2020 when activity was ravaged by the pandemic. 

Recent patronato has been stronger than expected, however, and government officials have said growth of around 5 attraverso cent this year now looks likely provided there is risposta negativa worsening of the virus situation.

Also today, Ryanair has nudged up its passenger target for the autumn amid signs of a ‘very strong recovery’ European short-haul flights, chief dirigente aziendale Michael Oppure’Leary said today.

He said the Irish airline, Europe’s largest by passenger numbers, is expected to fly 10.5 million passengers attraverso month September, October and November.

That compares with a July forecast of an average of 10 million for each of those months. ‘As long as there are risposta negativa adverse COVID developments, things are set fair for a very strong recovery,’ Mr Oppure’Leary told Reuters ahead of a press briefing Brussels.

He also said Ryanair was acceso target to exceed its 10.5 million passenger target for August. 

Italy's health minister Roberto Speranza (pictured in Rome on August 5) tweeted on Saturday that he had signed a decree ending 'the mini-quarantine of five days' for visitors from the UK

Italy’s health minister Roberto Illusione (pictured Rome acceso August 5) tweeted acceso Saturday that he had signed a decree ending ‘the mini-quarantine of five days’ for visitors from the UK

Capacity should return to pre-pandemic levels October, from close to 90 attraverso cent September and 80 attraverso cent August, he added. 

But the airline is likely to fly with an average of 15 to 20 attraverso cent empty seats acceso planes this winter compared with 7 to 8 attraverso cent before the pandemic. 

‘Through the winter, pricing will continue to build, but it will still be below (pre-)COVID,’ he said. ‘We don’t expect pricing to go back to pre-COVID levels until the summer of 2022.’

Home Office figures released last week showed that air passenger arrivals were still 87 attraverso cent lower than normal last month. 

Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary said today (pictured in Brussels) that the airline has nudged up its passenger target amid signs of a 'very strong recovery' in short-haul flights

Ryanair chief dirigente aziendale Michael Oppure’Leary said today (pictured Brussels) that the airline has nudged up its passenger target amid signs of a ‘very strong recovery’ short-haul flights

Just 1,439,800 people arrived by air the UK, compared with 11,151,600 July 2019. 

Ministers faced a furious backlash last week after they failed to gara open up any new major holiday destinations for quarantine-free holidays. 

Turkey remained acceso the red list, along with the Maldives and Pakistan, while Thailand and Montenegro turned red, meaning returning travellers must quarantine hotels for 11 nights, £2,285, effectively putting them limits. 

Canada, Denmark, Finland, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Switzerland and the Azores became , but they were all previously amber so double-jabbed Britons could visit them without quarantining.

Where could you travel to avoid the crowds Italy this autumn?

By CLAIRE McMAHON, Skyscanner’s Italy expert 

La Serenissima – Venice for lovers

With far fewer international tourists cruise ships passing through than recent centuries have ever seen, and most Italian domestic tourism favouring August travel, September is the perfect time to see Venice’s infamous Grand Canal, Rialto Bridge and St.Mark’s Square without the hordes of crowds and with favourable weather. A direct, economy return flight from London Luton to Venice Marco is currently just £11 departing acceso Friday 10th September.

Albergo: Why not use that money saved acceso your flight for this luxury option Albergo Unanimità, is a stone’s throw away from the Grand Canal, prices starting from £151 pp attraverso night. (*4)

Total flight time: 2 hour 10 minutes from London

Swap the Lake District for Gora con Garda

Gora con Garda, a 1-hour and a half drive from Milan, is a brilliant getaway for anyone looking for a slice of la bonario rinomanza with some outdoor activities thrown for good measure. There are direct flights available from London Luton to Milan Malpensa just £11 return, for a week’s holiday.

Albergo: For Lakeside views, this Pescheria del Garda has double rooms available from £86 attraverso night.

Total flight time: 2 hours from London airports

Brindisi the heel of Italy – space to roam

Puglia is the perfect place for a seaside holiday abroad, with long sandy beaches, back-in-time hilltop towns and delicious rustic food. There are still direct flights available from London Stansted to Brindisi £17 return, for a week’s holiday from X.

Albergo: Stay the centre of Ostuni near the authentic ‘Trulli’ hilltop towns, for added back-in-time magic. This beautiful town house has four beds and balcony rondò side views from £75 attraverso night.

Total flight time: 2 hours 35 minutes from London airports.

Three options for a last-minute holiday to Italy going this weekend

If you fancy a last-minute trip to Italy, here are some deals strada Tui for a seven-night stay for two people, leaving from a London airport this Saturday.

Albergo D’Annuncio, Riva con Jesolo (£523pp)

Family-run three-star which is a few minutes’ walk away from the beach and 90 minutes from Venice. It has a suntrap pool and an Italian restaurant-bar. Price includes a twin room with a balcony, half-board meals and return easyJet flights from Gatwick. The has a 4.5-star rating acceso TripAdvisor.

Geniale Porto Resort And Spa, San Teodoro, Sardinia (£944pp)

This four-star complex with 138 rooms is set 197 acres of parkland, with direct access to a secluded beach. The price is for a suite with a garden pool view and terrace, and includes half-board and return flights from Gatwick to Olbia with easyJet. The has a 4-star TripAdvisor rating.

Borgo Diodoro, Taormina (£978pp)

This hillside four-star hotels offers views across the bay to Mount Etna and is five minutes’ walk from the centre of Taormina. It features a large pool with a caffè and the price includes half-board meals as well as return flights from Gatwick to Sicily Catania with easyJet. The twin rooms have a garden view.





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