My wife and I are traveling to Tuscany at the beginning of August. It appears as though the US is requiring a negative COVID test result (taken within 3 days of departure) before re-entering the states. I’m having difficulty finding test locations that have available appointment times or making appointments at all. Any help or advice on how we can get tested and receive results in our 3 day window would appreciated. Thank you.
Where exactly in Tuscany will you be?
We'll be around Florence, but traveling to nearby cities (Pisa, Cartado, Lucca, etc) willing to stop and take a rapid wherever we can find one.
Check the Florence train station. What I have read is they are offering them. I had this confirmed in Venice by the manager of the apartment where we are staying but have no direct knowledge of Florence.
You also have the option of doing a self test with video guide
Purchase the required test kit before your trip
Your airline may have info on that, I know United and Delta do
Otherwise I have read that the train stations in major cities have Red Cross test tents so perhaps SM Novella station in Florence
Thanks for the Train Station tip! I was also looking at getting it done at the airport in Florence, but wasn't sure if you need to have a flight ticket to use it.
We’re all in this together
We just returned from Italy. I had planned to go to the train station in Venice for our test, however upon arrival in Venice the line for rapid testing at the train station was around two hours long. Needless to say that standing in the heat and eating up our vacation time was not ideal. We asked our hotel and they have a private nurse come to the hotel every day to offer rapid testing. It was €65 euros and well worth it. I would definitely check with your hotel to see what options they might have for you in each location.
Many pharmacies do Covid antigen tests with results in about 30 minutes.I did a Google search for pharmacies in the town we will be staying in the day before our flight home. I then served the pharmacy website for their email and wrote to be sure they offered tests and to find out hiw to prebook an appointment. I was able to track down a place quickly. I was quoted 16 euro per tedt.
In Florence, two medical labs are the Misericordia point at via del Sansovino (easy reachable with tram T1) or the Fanfani clinic at Piazza indipendenza.