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Sicily Will Pay A Portion Of Your Holiday To Visit The Italian Island

Sicily Will Pay A Portion Of Your Holiday To Visit The Italian Island

An Italian island is trying to attract travellers in a bid to revive its ailing tourism industry.

Sicily has announced an offer to pay for a portion of your holiday as a way to get people to visit the picturesque destination.

According to Time Out, the island has lost up to €1 billion in tourism-related revenue due to the coronavirus after Italy ordered a nationwide lockdown.

You could visit beautiful Cefalù. Credit: Pixabay
You could visit beautiful Cefalù. Credit: Pixabay
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To help it recover some of those losses, local authorities are offering to pay half the cost of your flight and a third of the price of your accomodation if you decide to travel to the region.

You will also get free admission to the island's museums and galleries under the offer.

It's not clear when the deal will kick in considering many countries around the world have banned people from leaving their homes without a good excuse, let alone leave the country for a sunny holiday.

However The Evening Standard reports the sweet, sweet deal will be launched once the country reopens its borders.

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Italy will regress to Stage Two level lockdowns on May 4, which mean people will be able to head to public parks and gardens.

Restaurants will be allowed to offer takeaway food as well, and the manufacturing and construction sectors have been granted approval to restart.

Citizens will have to wear face masks and still ensure social distancing is adhered to.

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The country's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said: "You must always respect the safe distance of at least one metre. Even within the family setting. Experts tell us that one out of four cases of infection occur in the family context."

Rural Sicily is also gorgeous. Credit: Giampaolo Macorig (Creative Commons)
Rural Sicily is also gorgeous. Credit: Giampaolo Macorig (Creative Commons)

From May 18, museums, galleries, libraries and retailers in Italy will be allowed to reopen. Bars, restaurants and hairdressers have been given a reopen date of June 1.

Schools won't reopen until September.

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So, this Sicily deal could still be pretty far off, but it's worth getting your post-isolation plans together so that you've got something to look forward to.

People who want to take advantage of the offer need to head to Visit Sicily, which will be the site that will offer the vouchers for travel, accomodation and activities.

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