I have hesitated a long time to post a downbeat report from Italy. However, as every day I see more and more forum members inquiring about summer/fall travel plans, I finally decided to post about the perspective from here.
Yesterday (March 10), I read two very good articles about the current state of affairs here. One, from The Local.it, says current government expectations are for a return to normality in seven to fifteen months from now. Yes, really. The other is from the Rome bureau chief for the Globe and Mail (Canada's national newspaper) about the one-year anniversary of Italy's lockdown and the current state of affairs. Sorry if these are behind paywalls, I subscribe to both so I can't tell.
The gist is: the EU block buying of vaccines and distribution to member states has been a complete failure and it's going to take a long time to straighten out the supply chain and get vaccines flowing. Which means it will be a long while, probably the rest of 2021, before tourism can restart.
I am delighted that the U.S. and Canada are turning the corner on vaccines and I completely understand the wish to get back to Europe. I managed to move to Italy last August during the only travel window since the pandemic started. Since October, we have been almost completely in "red zone" lockdowns, meaning I can't leave my small town without an essential reason and cannot leave Abruzzo at all. We are settling in and healthy, but we also are itching to see more of Italy and Europe. All I really have to say is let's clutch our remaining patience and wait it out till we can all do it safely. It's not looking promising for June or September, I'm afraid.