Dopo il lockdown.

La settimana scorsa sono stata sul Garda per rendermi conto della situazione dopo il lungo lockdown e le prime aperture. Ecco ciò che ho visto.

 

Qui tutto è pronto per la stagione estiva, mancano solo i turisti…

I tavolini dei bar e ristoranti sono distanziati e le regole per accedervi sono scritte chiaramente…

Per i paesini del lago di Garda,  che come tante altre cittadine in Italia vivono essenzialmente di turismo,  è vitale la presenza non solo degli italiani, ma soprattutto dei turisti stranieri.  Dal 3 giugno l’Italia ha aperto le frontiere in entrata senza obbligo di quarantena e benchè tutti i Paesi tendano ad incoraggiare il turismo interno (anche la Finlandia,  naturalmente),  qui sul Garda sperano in una ripresa del flusso di visitatori,  a beneficio anche dell’indotto:  mi vengono in mente alcuni esempi come le aziende agricole, i produttori di vino, di olio, di frutta,  gli artigiani,  i rimessaggi barche,  i noleggi bici…e non ultimo il nostro aeroporto.

Parlando in generale,  l’attività turistica in Italia movimenta ogni anno risorse ingenti:  nel 2018 le presenze negli esercizi ricettivi ufficiali sono state ben 429 milioni,  delle quali oltre il 50% stranieri:  Usa e Germania ne hanno costituito la gran parte.  (Fonte:  ISTAT).

La Finlandia invece aprirà le frontiere il prossimo 14 giugno.  Anche per l’economia finlandese il turismo rappresenta una risorsa sempre più importante:  nel 2018 le presenze censite sono state di 22 milioni di persone,  di cui i un terzo stranieri provenienti da Russia,  Cina,  Svezia,  Germania.  (Fonte:  stat.fi).

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Nel frattempo la natura si è in parte ripresa i suoi spazi:  le anatre stanno volentieri all’ombra della panchina deserta,  i fiori non mancano sulle rive erbose…

…e persino le acque del lago si sono fatte limpidissime durante l’assenza forzata degli esseri umani.

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Veramente qualche piccolo turista c’era,  probabilmente del posto,  e si stava godendo i primi bagni.

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After the Lockdown.

Last week I spent an afternoon walking along the coastside promenade at lake Garda,  just to check the situation there,  after the first openings.  Everything is actually ready for the summer season,  now only tourists are missing.  Bars and restaurants as well as shops are open,  tables are distanced and rules for a safe behaviour are clearly signposted.

The small towns along the coastline of lake Garda,  as well as many places in Italy,   live almost utterly on tourism,  mainly on foreign tourism.  On June 3rd  the Italian goverment re-opened borders without compulsory quarantine.  Although all countries tend to encourage domestic tourism  (including Finland,  of course),  here they are hoping the season gets boosted with the arrival of foreigners too.  In the local economy many satellite activities are involved (often family businesses),  for instance:  farmers and producers of wine,  olive oil and fruits;  craftsmen,  boat yards and bike rentals…at of course our airport.

Generally speaking,  tourism is a top important resource in Italy;  in 2018 official accommodation establishments registered about 429 million overnight stays,  more than 50% of which being foreigners mainly from the US and Germany.  (Source:  ISTAT).

Finland is going to open borders without compulsory quarantine on June 14th.  In the latest years,  big growth percentages have come for tourism in Finland too:  in 2018 the overnight stays were 22 million and one third of them were foreigners,  mainly from Russia,  China,  Sweden,  Germany.  (Source:  stat.fi). 

In the meantime nature got back all the space available:  the Mallards linger in the shade under an empty bench and flowers bloom on the grassy shores…

The lake water is the clearest ever,  thanks to the forced absence of humans…

Actually,  there were some local tourists:  a couple of very young ones was enjoying a bath.

 

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32 thoughts on “Dopo il lockdown.

  1. This has been an inmense economic loss for the tourism branch & countries like Italy. Let’s hope tourists shall come soon. Personally I don’t have any desire to travel abroad yet, shall see how all this proceeds.

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  2. Hello, lovely images from your walk. It is a beautiful place. I love the first image with the balconies and flowers. Love the cute ducks and the pretty flowers. Beautiful photos. My sister has a Italy trip booked in September, I am not sure if she is still going or if it has been cancelled. She is really looking forward to visiting Italy.

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  3. I’m sure we will all be back to our lives with holidays and such soon! Your photos are really pretty and definitely ready for visitors 🙂

    I am excited to see your corner at ‘My Corner of the World’ this week! Thanks for linking up.

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  4. This has been (and still is) such a strange time. I don’t want to travel abroad soon, but trip to Garda has been my dream for long time. So hopefully one day…

    Have a nice weekend!

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  5. Seems strange to see the streets nearly deserted. It will be interesting to see how quickly tourism rebounds. I think a lot of people are currently afraid to fly. Beautiful photos. Love the last one!

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