Ordinarily, I'd be over there now. Every other year, we'd take the last few days of February and first 10 days of March, and go. This timeframe has been mainly to avoid the tourist throngs, and maybe catch some decent weather. Ironically, the next trip will begin in Switzerland, and by train down to Florence then Rome, with a stop for a few days in Stresa on Lake Maggiore, a beautiful area of the country I have yet to explore & experience. But daughter's getting married later this year, and there went the travel mad money!
So for me--unlike so many on this thread with right-now decisions to make--I am relegated to 'what-if' status, which in the grand scheme of things doesn't mean much. Certainly, the last few days' figures in Italy are disconcerting, but I temper my knee-jerk instinctive reaction to that by realizing that Italy is probably farther ahead in the game than we in the US are.
And...and--for better or worse I just realized that I'm no spring chicken anymore, on the cusp of entering the 'at-risk' category myself. 63 years old, occasional breathing issues when ill. Apparently, I'm one of them!! So thank you, Covid-19, for slapping me in the face with a great big branzino fish!
By the same token, however, my friends, life is too %^&*-ing short, and perennially fraught with risk. Last week I survived a high-speed head-on automobile crash that had it not been for the seat belt, air bag & the 'crumple' fashion of present-day front ends of cars, I probably wouldn't be writing this, or anything for that matter. I walked away with painful 'bumps & bruises', but that's basically it. I'm a lucky guy. Not so much for my car, which was totaled.
I love to travel, specifically to the homeland. Didn't take one step abroad in Italy until 10 years ago this coming October, for our 30th anniversary. Been twice since, as I make up for lost time. And it's always magical, in different ways, making me feel emotionally, physically & spiritually alive, which to me is the point of existence, my raison d'etre. I don't want to and won't ever give that up. So while I will do my due diligence while I'm slow-playing initial research & plans for a proposed trip 13 months from now, I will not be dissuaded by those who conclude--in their own minds--that those who travel now or in the future are being irresponsible on any level. I turn those people off. Let them shame themselves...
Enjoy your Sunday, all---