New rules for hospitality and leisure
From 6th August, those wishing to access hospitality and leisure facilities in Italy must hold a “Green Pass” in the form of a European Union Digital COVID-19 Certificate (EUDCC). The EUDCC, provided in both digital or paper format, can be used as a “Green Pass” for all residents and visitors as proof that the holder has received at least one vaccination, has tested negative or has recently recovered from COVID-19. In Italy, the certificate will be needed to visit leisure and hospitality venues, including gyms, swimming pools, sports stadiums, museums, spas, casinos and cinemas, and for inside dining in bars, cafés and restaurants.
Nightclubs and discos across Italy will remain closed until further notice.
In France, a “Pass Sanitaire”, compatible with the EUDCC, must be provided for any leisure activity where more than 50 people congregate, including museums, theme parks, cinemas, swimming pools, festivals and concerts. It’s also required for entry into restaurants, cafés, shopping centres, hospitals, retirement homes, and for long distance journeys by plane, train or bus. Children aged 11 and under are exempt.
Celebrate the music of Giacomo Puccini at the annual Puccini Festival in Tuscany
Honouring the life and work of the great composer, Giacomo Puccini, Italy welcomes the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago each summer. Puccini first arrived in the tiny Tuscan village in the late nineteenth century, in search of a quiet place to inspire his creative genius. Villa Puccini, the composer’s house and final resting place, is now a museum and mausoleum.
Since 1930, the annual festival has celebrated many of his greatest operas with star-studded performances of Tosca, Madame Butterfly and La Bohème and others. Music lovers and aficionados from all over the world flock to this tiny Tuscan village to listen to Puccini’s music in the Great Open Air Theatre overlooking Lake Massaciuccoli.