Italy began a slight return to normalcy this week, emerging from a COVID-19 lockdown that began before Christmas.
Cafes, museums, and bars reopened for customers, albeit with precautions still in place. Most Italian regions shifted to “yellow” precautions on Monday morning. And locals were happy to be back in public after months under strict lockdown rules.
“We couldn’t wait,” a local in Rome told The Associated Press on the morning that cafes reopened. “Look, the very first morning I am here with my papa getting a cappuccino, sitting at a table, outside.”
Attractions like the Colosseum and Roman Forum are also open.
Tuscany entered the “yellow” zone last week. On Monday, the famed Uffizi Gallery in Florence reported that about 7,300 people had visited the museum on its first days of opening. The museum is only open