Italy On Lockdown – In Pictures

Italy has been one of the hardest hit Covid-19 countries in the world.

As of 23rd April 2020, the country has seen over 187,000 Coronavirus cases with the death tally reaching over 25,000.

This has spurred the Italian government to implement strict measures to deal with the pandemic, including a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the virus.

The lockdown has had rippling effects on Italian society as we see the country enter a phase never seen before in its modern time.

From the empty Piazza del Duomo outside the Milan Cathedral to the eerie still waters of the canals of Venice, the following photos highlight the devasting effects of the lockdown has had on Italy.

The famed Trevi Fountain, a tourist hotspot as well as for locals to gather, is closed off to the public – a sight you never imagined seeing just a few months back.

Piazza del Duomo
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Piazza del Duomo in downtown Milan is deserted; the plaza grounds normally a hotbed for tourists looking to catch a glimpse and visit the exquisite Milan Cathedral.

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The colourful city of Burano is a little less vibrant these days with its rivers and streets free of people.

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Gone are the gondolas that gently meander the Venice canals; the waters of Venice are eerily still these days.

Piazza di Spagna is one place that is usually bustling throughout the entire year. One of the most famous squares in all of Italy, it too, however, has been quiet and empty since the implementation of the lockdown.

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The following lines are part of a few words I put down for #HealingNotBroken, the special issue of @theflorentine about these tough days, realized with part of my photos. If you want to read the full piece, together with a lot of beautifully written articles, download it via their profile. I just added those photos to the gallery for our hospital, where you can buy those photos to support us. Massive thanks to @hellenfarrell55 for translation it for me! — "…. As a born and bred Florentine, who has been privileged to enjoy every corner and season, all hours and weather condi-
tions, what struck me the most was the silence. The volume was absent from ground to head height in a space that usually bustles with busy lives in pursuit of art to fill the eyes and Instagram. Florence stood in a vacuum with the full force of its art and history that have made it great over the centuries. All of a sudden, my city was how it had never been seen before. What we had taken for granted up until a few days before now revealed itself in all its uniqueness: treasures normally reserved for night owls and early morning risers were there shining peacefully in the early spring sunshine. So, that’s how I chose to portray Florence: in the full light of day, sharp and harsh" ~~~ To buy photos, go here : ~~~ #florencelockdown #italylockdown #covid19 #covid19outbreak #coronavirus #covid_19 #covid19italy #coronavirusoutbreak #italycoronaviruslockdown #globalhealthemergency #coronavirusquarantine #nikond780 #FlorenceForHospitals #santamatiadelfiore #lensculture #capturestreets_covid

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Florence has not been spared as well as citizens have been regulated to the confines of their homes, leaving the streets bare.

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#Milano #lockdown #italylockdown #traveljournalism

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Shopping Malls in Milano are empty with retail outlets all being closed as part of the measures to curb the spread of Covid-19.

With Italy’s lockdown, citizens of Rome can only venture out, masked up and solitary, for essential purposes.

Piazza Navona is yet another famous landmark in Rome that is as empty as they come now.

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?В Италии вводят новые штрафы за нарушение карантинного режима. Теперь вышел из дома без причины- 3000€? Возможно запрет на передвижение по стране продлится до 31 июля?. ✨А какие причуды и странности, непонятные нашим современникам, были в жизни древних римлян? ?Брак был лишь формальным соглашением и не имел юридической силы. Он заключался между семьями будущих супругов и не скреплялся в законном учреждении. Для развода было достаточно сказать об этом при 7 свидетелях. ?Если жену уличали в измене мужу, ей запрещалось выходить замуж в будущем. К мужу в аналогичной ситуации подобных санкций не применялось. Часть мужского населения сегодня не прочь была бы вернуть эти законы, не правда ли?) ?Во время пира богатые люди вместо салфеток для рук нередко использовали кудрявые волосы молодых мальчиков. Последние считали большой честью быть в роли «столового прибора» вельможи. ?Богачи для охраны дома не применяли собак. Для этого служили рабы, которых сажали на цепь, привязанную к кольцу в стене. ?Отдых всех слоев общества, как правило, начинался с полудня и проходил на публичных развлекательных мероприятиях: гонках на колесницах, гладиаторских боях, выступлениях акробатов, театральных постановках. ?Особенное внимание уделяли посещению бань. Это были места массовых сборищ. Если бедняки зачастую теснились в душных термах с видом на стену противоположного дома, то богачи делали из бань полноценные дворцы с колоннами и произведениями искусства. ?Примечательно, что за 2 века до нашей эры был принят закон Гая Орхидия, который ограничивал количество принимаемых дома гостей и расходы на их угощения. Согласно ему, допускалось приглашать не больше 5 человек в праздники и не более 3 – в будние дни #visitingrometours

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Hopefully the situation in Italy improves soon, and the streets can go back to the bustling state they usually are. Until then, it may be another month or two before we see more life in the streets.


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