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Italy recaptures attention of tourists, charms celebrities Clooney, Jolie

Rome, August 5th (EFE) .- The tourism sector in Italy is gradually recovering, although far from reaching pre-pandemic numbers. Celebrities from all over the world come to the country to enjoy the summer season, including Katy Perry, George Clooney, Angelina Jolie, and Orlando Bloom.

In Rome, the Colosseum receives around 8,000 daily visitors, a significant improvement in recent months but still a small fraction of the 20,000 daily tourists it hosted before the pandemic.

In the absence of Asian and American tourists, Europeans are now the largest crowd for Roman antiquities, mostly full of Spanish and German visitors as well as French and English.

Italy expects around 7.2 million arrivals in the country between June and September, which, according to an estimate by Demoskopika, corresponds to an increase in arrivals of 15.3% compared to summer 2020.

In June, 66,000 people visited the Vatican Museums. Before Covid-19, the same number of visitors would be registered in just three days.

The Federalberghi hotel association has compared the hotel nights from the first half of 2019 and 2021 and warns that reservations have fallen by 67.3%.

However, they said the industry appears to be reactivating and is poised to welcome visitors again, even though “the numbers are far from what we were used to before the pandemic”.

Covid-19 travel restrictions haven’t stopped celebrities like George Clooney and his family from taking a summer break at their Lake Como mansion, where the actor even helped locals fight recent flooding in the area. Their luxurious home was not spared from torrential rain and mud.

On the Italian island of Capri, singer Jennifer Lopez and actor Ben Affleck were spotted walking hand in hand through the streets under the watchful gaze of locals and tourists.

Actress Angelina Jolie spent a few days in Venice, where she arrived on board the luxurious Orient Express. EFE

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