Italy’s authorities reassure travelers following earthquakes
BOLOGNA, June 9 — Italy’s tourism authorities have reassured travellers that the north of the country remains open for business following a damaging series of earthquakes.
In a statement issued this week, Minister for Tourism Piero Gnudi said that tourism infrastructure in the popular Adriatic “riviera” region was “functioning perfectly.”
The statement was made after officials in the affected areas raised concerns about travellers staying away from northern Italy, which has seen three earthquakes since late May.
Gnudi said that the main damage was concentrated on the epicenters of the quake, “in the bordering areas of the provinces of Modena, Ferrara, Reggio Emilia and Mantova.”
With the exception of these areas, tourism services continue as normal, he said, with road and rail routes operating as normal and cultural heritage sites accessible as usual.
Inspections have already been carried out in the main tourism hotspots of Modena, Ferrara, and Bologna, officials confirmed separately June 5, allowing museums and monuments to re-open. — Afp-Relaxnews