Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Life after lockdown: ‘Rome is trying to find her equilibrio’

Italy’s bars, shops and salons reopen, but amid the relief Romans are still waiting to find out what life will be like post Covid-19

The Eternal City absent of traffic and chaos is something we’ve dreamed of. In my lifetime in Rome, I’ve experienced the city almost empty on a few occasions: usually late-night and early-morning walks home, but nothing like the past two months.

On 11 March, Rome was silenced. Doors were closed, residents stayed inside and the pace of a frenetic city slowed to that of a faint beat. For 54 days there was no traffic, no street-side chatter and no tourists. The only movement was that of the delivery bikes and scooters passing in the streets below the apartment.

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via Italy holidays | The Guardian

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