Yesterday, or more precisely early this morning due to a flight delay, we got from a few days in Venice, our first time ‘away away’ since 2019. We’ve been on various short trips to a variety of places in England, Scotland and Wales in the last couple of years, but not the sort of destination where you can relax in a sunny Campo with a Spritz before dinner, take a gondola ride, or discover that your very poor command of Italian hasn’t improved miraculously by being neglected for such a long time.
It was bliss.
What we most missed during lockdowns and other more restrictive Covid regulations were gigs and holidays, not just the events themselves but having them as points in the calendar to look forward too. These things are subject to change of course, but in the Italy’s case at least the only Covid restriction we noticed was a request to wear a face covering on the bus between Marco Polo and Piazzale Roma. We didn’t take the vaporetti, preferring to walk everywhere, but passengers in those seemed to be masked too (as were staff but not customers in shops). There was no requirement to provide a negative test result or even show proof of vaccination.
Anyway, assuming you’re able to and feel comfortable about it, have you got any holidays planned this year?