Photo Story: Life in Lucca, Italy

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People ride their bikes and walk in the main square Saint Michele church of the medieval town of Lucca, Italy.

Lucca is a medieval town and art city nicknamed ‘town of 100 churches’, enclosed into the circle of the sixteenth-century walls which numerous ancient towers.

Italy has entered phase 2 of its coronavirus lockdown, and will allow certain businesses, including bars, restaurants, beauty salons and cafes, to reopen.

Almost 32,000 Italians have died of COVID-19 since the outbreak came to light on Feb. 21, the third-highest death toll in the world after the United States and Britain.

Italy was the first European country to impose nationwide restrictions in early March, only permitting an initial relaxation of the rules on May 4, when it allowed factories and parks to reopen.

Monday marked a major step forward on the road to recovery, with unlimited travel allowed in individual regions, friends once again meeting up and restaurants able to serve as long as tables were at least 2 metres (6.5 ft) apart.

However, many business owners worried that the reopening might not magic away their many problems, with lingering fears of the coronavirus keeping many Italians at home, while foreign tourists, vital for the economy, were utterly absent.

The government has said it will open up Italy’s borders with Europe and allow free travel between the regions from June 3, but no-one expects a sudden influx of outsiders.

 

Via EPA-EFE/FABIO MUZZI

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