Of all of Britain’s favourite summer destinations, Italy has some of the toughest restrictions on travellers. Until August 30, arrivals from the UK must quarantine for five days and take two Covid tests – regardless of their quarantine status – while in turn, our own Foreign Office (FCDO) warns against non-essential vacanza.
But on a villa holiday, quarantine perhaps isn’t the hardship it sounds. Indeed, five days confined to the pool of your Lake Como palazzo, or the vine-shaded veranda of your Puglian trullo, sounds like a fine idea indeed. Chances are, you’d be planning to do just that, even if it wasn’t a legal requirement.
If you are confined to a hotel room, those five days may well be tortuous – but in a villa, with a fully-stocked fridge and summer sun to bask in, who’s complaining? While the FCDO warning makes travel insurance tricky (though not impossible) to secure, many UK holidaymakers are pressing on with their villa plans – undeterred by the threat of quarantine.
“We have over 500 passengers travelling to our villas in Italy in August,” says Ravi Sabharwal, co-founder of Oliver’s Travels. “Thirty per cent of these bookings are for 14+ days so these groups will still have plenty of time left on their holiday to explore the region post-isolation.”