Return from Italy to UK during COVID-19 pandemic

This blog is the second part about experiences during our trip to Italy during COVID-19 pandemic and is focusing on procedures before and after return. Traveling to the UK from a country on yellow list In June 2021 we had to go from UK to Italy; at that time Italy was on yellow travel list and only essential travel to those countries was allowed. So, we had to follow tough rules upon our return including tests and self-isolation. Since then,…

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Travel from UK to Italy during COVID-19 pandemic

This blog is a bit different from all those I have written earlier. Traveling to the country on yellow list In June 2021 we had to go from UK to Italy; at that time Italy was on yellow travel list and only essential travel to those countries was allowed. Now, about a month later, some rules, for example, regarding self-isolation for double-jabbed travellers, have changed. However, the basics still are the same and I was thinking that this information may…

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Sicily

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Trapani, Sicily

These travel notes are related to our trip to southern Italy, eastern Sicily and Etna. The best travel time to these areas is summer, although t may be quite hot there. About Sicily This is a post about travel to Italy, specifically - Sicily; its amazing to spend vacations there. Sicily is one of Italy's regions and the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Its territory is almost 26 thousand square kilometres (ten thousand square miles) and is similar to the…

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East of Sicily

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Noto, east Sicily

Visiting east of Sicily was a part of our trip to  southern Italy  and Etna. Arrival to Sicily We arrived to Sicilian town Messina on a ferry from Villa San Giovanny Imbrachi late in the evening. Messina id the third biggest city of Sicily. Crossing was pretty quick as there are only about ten kilometres between these towns by the sea. We might be very lucky as immediately after arrival at ferry port we got tickets and boarded the ferry…

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Mount Etna in Sicily

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Mount Etna, Sicily

Visiting Etna volcano was a part of our trip to southern Italy and Sicily. Location and basic facts Mount Etna is an active volcano located in the eastern part of the largest Italian island Sicily, near Catania city. As many other active volcanos, it is located in the area between two large geological plates, Eurasian Plate and African plate in this case. Etna is active almost all the time. Height of Mount Etna is 3350 metres (10,900 ft) above the…

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Southern Italy

Southern Italy Visiting Southern Italy was one of the most psychologically difficult journeys. Why? Hard to even say. Perhaps, the approaching winter, the self-sufficiency of the Sicilians, the harsh climate of Sicily and the landscapes around with territories delimited. In any case, we had hoped for more than we experienced visiting several regions of the country. We decided to go to Sicily later again to understand this and experience more olive oil, pasta, and pizza. And who knows what else.…

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Sardinia

Real paradise on earth This was a very short and exciting trip in June 2010. The trip to Sardinia island, the second largest island in the Mediterranean, lasted only 4 days, although, considering that the sun is shining all day long in Sardinia, the sea is beautiful, and nature pampers everybody with warm evenings – even two weeks may be too short to enjoy all this beauty. Sardinia could be a place to return to again and again. Arrival to…

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Italian cooking classes in Rome

This experience was part of our trip to Italian capital city Rome. After returning from our one-day long trip to Vesuvius, we had one more major attraction booked - cooking classes in Italian restaurant. Almost everybody around the world knows Italian food. Italian cuisine has been developing since ancient times and has spread around the world until nowadays. One of the main characteristics of Italian dishes is that it is usually simple to prepare a meal because just a few…

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