Useful updates on the Coronavirus situation

Useful updates on the Coronavirus situation

Italy has been heralded as a world leader in dealing with the Coronavirus, it quickly implemented proactive policies which have largely been adhered to by Italians and tourists alike. This has resulted in tourism opening up across with country without incident.

Our holiday villas are all in rural settings, that have been largely unaffected by Covid-19. Our holiday villas will allow you to relax in privacy and comfort in the knowledge that all possible Covid-19 prevention measures have been adhered to.

UPDATE: 11/11/21

It is still compulsory to always wear a mask indoors and outdoors only when social distancing of at least 1 metre is not possible.


Italy opens borders to tourists From the 15th May 2021.

Entry requirements:

Tourists need to produce either:

Official proof of having had COVID vaccine.


Negative COVID test result – PCR or Rapid tests are accepted (from private companies only)

You also need to complete a passenger locator form:

Please be aware that these rules are subject to change, so please check the following pages;

Italian Foreign Ministry

UK Govt foreign travel advice 

Returning home:

This depends on your destination country. Please check relevant government websites

Testing sites

Here is a useful website which lists testing centres all over Italy

Rapid antigen testing by appointment:


+39 333 454 8384

Monday to Friday

Farmacia Gaddi, VIA VALMAIRA 12/B, Castelnuovo Di Garfagnana


+39 0583 723102

Farmacia Chiappa,

Via Giovanni Pascoli, 22 – 55051 Barga (LU)

Borgo a Mozzano

+39 0583 88059

Farmacia Sodini

22,Via Primo Maggio – 55023 Borgo A Mozzano (LU)


PCR Testing with results in 24 hours at €80 each by appointment:


+39 0583 639473

Via Per Arni 30 – 55032 Castelnuovo Di Garfagnana (LU)

Open 10 am 12pm Monday to Friday


+39 0583 581491

Lamm Centro Analisi, Via Romana, 231 – Arancio (LU)

Open Mon to Friday 10 am to 4pm and Sat 9am to 12am

FAQs regarding travel

Is flying safe?

If you decide to fly, the odds that you will pick up Covid-19 are low, according to expert analysis.

Arnold Barnett, a professor of management science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been trying to quantify the odds of catching Covid-19 from flying.

What Barnett came up with was that we have about a 1/4300 chance of getting Covid-19 on a full 2-hour flight — that is, about 1 in 4300 passengers will pick up the virus, on average.

Airlines have been quick to implement new flying procedures such as deep-cleaning every 24 hours, face mask requirements from passengers and staff and special air-filtration systems, meaning the cabin air is replaced every 3-4 minutes.

Driving to and around Italy

Currently it is permitted to drive through all surrounding countries to reach Italy.

Is it safe to hire a car?

We have worked closely with AutoEurope for the past 12 years and here is their approach to the Covid-19 situation.

AutoEurope work with over 12 car hire companies and each individual car hire company have their own approach. We referred to EuropCar as an example. Their approach gives us confidence that hiring a car is safe.

Villa arrival

Most of our villa owners will meet the guests prior to arrival. Social distancing procedures will be implemented and all of our owners will wear masks when showing guests around the house and keys will be sanitised and left for guests rather than handed over. It is a legal requirement in Italy that all holiday rentals are cleaned and sanitised following strict new cleaning procedures.

Eating out

Restaurants and bars have re-opened and are working as normal but with a few extra precautions in place. It is required to wear a mask on arriving at a restaurant until you are seated at your table. It is also required to wear a mask when going to and from the bathroom. Hand sanitising gel will be placed throughout the restaurant and customers are prompted to use it on arrival. Finally, restaurants will ask for your details so they can contact trace you and they will keep your details for 14 days.

Visiting bars and cafes

Like restaurants it is required that you wear a mask when entering and leaving the premises as well as when going to and from the bathroom. Unlike in the UK it is possible to stand at a bar and drink a coffee/ glass of wine as long as the 1m social distance rule can be followed.

Hand gel will be at the entrance of every bar and café and customers are prompted to use it on arrival/ departure.

Travelling during a Pandemic

Travelling to Italy is now allowed and extra safety procedures have been implemented across Europe. We welcome you to plan and book your next holiday!

The pandemic has hit the tourist industry particularly hard. We have taken a flexible approach to cancellations and have when possible re-arranged our clients holidays to later dates on request. We rely on having a strong relationship with our clients but also with the owners of our villas, many of whom we have known for many years. Therefore, when possible, we will continue to use a flexible approach that is beneficial to owners and holiday makers.

Follow this link to our special COVID-19 booking conditions

As always, we advise our clients to take our comprehensive travel insurance.

Does Travel Insurance cover you during a Pandemic?

We have found the ABI (The Association of British Insurers) website very useful when navigating this tricky landscape.

Most insurance should cover you during a pandemic and cancelled holidays. We have been informed however, that many insurance policies have been avoiding and refusing paying out for many claims. Please check that your insurer will cover you during a pandemic.

Please be careful that you do not invalidate your insurance by travelling when there is official guidelines against it. If there are no guidelines against travel then you will be deemed as ‘disinclined to travel’ rather than unable and your insurance will not pay out. In conclusion if there is an official ban against travel your insurance should re-imburse you. Before taking out a policy we advise that you talk to your insurance broker to make sure you understand the small print.

We are members of ABTOI (The Association of British Tour Operators to Italy) and they have put together a list of insurance companies who have policies that cover Covid-19.

In Conclusion

We fully expect Italy to continue with their proactive policies in dealing with the Coronavirus and coupled with our Friends of Tuscany flexible terms and conditions, we feel confident that you can now book a stress free holiday with us in 2021.

Click here for our Booking conditions