You are safe at Polmone Turismo Verde in Umbria
Anyone who likes to go on holiday to Italy wonders if we can safely go on holiday to this beautiful country again. I cannot give a simple answer to this question, because it obviously depends on your destination in Italy.
For example, there are already 20 different regions in Italy, and the virus has behaved very differently in all these different regions.
In the north of Italy in the Lombardy region, there were just about most cases. However, Umbria, the region where Polmone Turismo Verde is located, is among the regions with the least cases. In recent days, no more infections have been registered while a lot of people are still being tested. In total there have been 1431 infections in Umbria out of a population of 900,000 inhabitants; 76 people died of the virus and dd. As of May 31, 2020, only 45 people tested positive.
June 3 the border of Italy will open again but will it be safe?
As statistics continue to fall across Italy, the government has recently decided that travel will be allowed again as of June 3. Then the Italian borders will open up again and you can travel between the different regions.
To keep the risks as small as possible from that date on, the precautions still remain strict and it is still mandatory for the time being to wear a face mask when you go somewhere, such as at a pumping station, shop, bar or restaurant. You are therefore expected to disinfect your hands with the gels that are available everywhere or disposable gloves are available.
Wherever you go in Italy, each company is subject to very strict hygiene and contamination control rules.
I personally notice that the measures are being taken very seriously here in Umbria. People really keep their distance. Many people walk on the street with a mask. And when I finally could go to the hairdresser again this week, I experienced that every customer is treated as if it were an infected person.
Everything is disinfected after every customer and before you can enter, you have to register, your jacket and your bag go in a separate plastic bag that is thrown away afterwards. You get a disposable apron with a disposable hood coat over it and finally a disposable towel. Naturally, everyone wears a mask. And when I spoke a little critically about it, everyone looked at me with genuine surprise. You can't mock this.
Can I eat out and go to a bar?
The bars and restaurants opened on May 18 with strict rules in terms of meters between the tables and at the bar. It is mandatory to have 4 meters of space per person.
Due to these precautions, there is of course less capacity in the restaurants and it is useful to make a reservation if you want to eat somewhere. And of course we will help you with that if you want!
As I said before you have to wear a mask on arrival, but as soon as you are at your table you can of course take it off. The ministry must always keep his mask on. Finally, there is also hand gel at the checkout for you to clean your hands with if you have paid.
And what if I go to visit a village or town?
Outdoor masks do not have to be worn, only if you go to the market and want to buy something there, a mouth mask is mandatory again.
Do not ask me what I think of the measures, because of course I follow the messages from the RIVM that have made it clear to us what they think about wearing mouth masks. These are the rules here and there we will have to conform to them.
How safe can I feel at Polmone Turismo Verde?
Here at Polmone we also do everything necessary to prevent possible contamination. It was always good practice that we meticulously cleaned the apartments at a change. We always did that with ecological cleaning products.
However, now we will start to use more disinfectant cleaning products as prescribed by the authorities. We have always washed the bed linen and towels at 60 degrees. In addition, the duvet covers are also ironed so that any virus particles really cannot survive.
Will it be a contactless holiday?
No definitely not!
The traditional moments of reception, farewell and baking the joint pizza will be a bit different. Simply because we have to keep our distance. Together we must ensure that we keep a physical distance of 1 meter. That should work fine on arrival and when leaving.
But Nico and I had to think about how and whether we would bake pizzas with everyone. We have thought that Nico and I will prepare and bake the pizzas together. Unfortunately, the children can no longer help! And if everyone brings their own round table that belongs to the garden furniture of the apartment and their own chairs, we will still sit together and bake pizzas. Only with a little more distance, but it will be fun!
Can the pool be used?
The pool can continue to be used, but here too some other arrangements apply. The most important are the distances between the sunbeds and the chairs that are near the pool. There should be 1.5 meters between them if they are used by non-family members. And it is mandatory to put a beach towel you brought on the lounger or lounger before sitting or lying on it. Finally, a maximum of 7 people can be in the water at the same time, and we will also have to take into account a physical distance of 1.5 meters between non-family members in the water.
And what can you do safely in Umbria?
Of course, you don't just want to enjoy the special view from your apartment or relax by the pool. Of course you also want to do something when you are on vacation.
Polmone is located in the middle of a UNESCO reserve
Umbria is characterized by its green valleys, the rolling hills, its streams, waterfalls, lakes and forests. You can take beautiful walks here without meeting anyone. In addition, Polmone Turismo Verde is located in the vast hilly area of the Monte Peglia (837m), which was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve last year.
The reserve is an area of 42,342 ha between the Tiber and Paglia rivers.
It consists mainly of woodland and forms an important natural pool of fauna, flora and mushroom species in and around the 3 extinct volcanoes of San Venanzo. In the area you can find thousands of plant species, 44 species of wild mammals and 34 different bird varieties. Here you will find a number of protected animal species such as the wild cat, the marten, the peregrine falcon, the eagle owl, the spotted and the spectacled salamander, the Etruscan chub and the river prawn that is already extinct in the world.
The three volcanoes of San Venanzo
San Venanzo itself, the municipality to which Polmone belongs, is a very exceptional area. 265,000 years ago, 3 volcanoes erupted around San Venanzo. Due to this natural phenomenon, very rare rocks can be found that otherwise only occur in China, Uganda and Brazil. This concerns the “venanzite“, A rock that originated from the lava of the Pian di Celle volcano. You can check it all out in the San Venanzo Volcanology Museum and occasional guided hikes through the volcanic area are organized.
The Monte Peglia Reserve is part of the Parco di Monte Peglia e Selva Meana Nature Reserve. In all of Umbria this is just one of a total of 7 other nature parks: Colfiorito, Lago Trasimeno, Monte Cucco, Monte Subasio, Nera, Tevere and Monti Sibillini. All these nature parks comprise 7.5 % of the total area of the Umbria region. It is clear that you will find a lot of space and greenery here.
Enough undiscovered, safe places in Umbria
In addition to the special nature of the region, you will also find the picturesque villages and towns so characteristic of Italy, such as Orvieto, Perugia, Todi, Spoleto, Assisi and Spello. Tourism here is much quieter than in a region like Tuscany. There is no mass tourism here. The inhabitants of the towns and cities are very hospitable and try to help you where they can. And we like to point out the smaller and lesser known villages near Polmone Turismo Verde. There you almost always walk alone, so there is little chance of being infected.
For example, go to the tiny village of Greppolischieto near Montegiove. In Montegiove itself you can also find one of the oldest castles in Umbria. Inside the castle is a so-called cantina, a winery, where you can go for one tour of the castle and a wine tasting. And near the castle you can enjoy the spectacular view in a wine bar, enjoying the sun with a tasty snack and a drink. At the foot of Montegiove you can experience the special La Scarzuola attend. We also recommend that you visit the village of Montecastello di Vibio where you can watch the smallest theater in the world, the theater La Concordia.
This is just a few of the many possibilities that Umbria has to offer near Polmone Turismo Verde. Places where almost no tourists come, where you can really feel safe!
Can I really go on holiday to Italy safely?
We understand that this year you have many doubts about whether or not to go on holiday to Italy. The Netherlands also still does not advise you to go. We believe that the advice of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will change in the course of June. After all, we see the contamination figures drop every day. Germany has already decided to really open the borders from 15 June. Austria is already open.
Easyjet, Ryanair, Transavia and KLM will fly to Italy again in June. Of the four airlines, Transavia is the most interesting to check because they fly to Rotterdam from Perugia Airport. The prices they use are also very acceptable, I have seen.
It will be all right!
In addition to making it safe, we will of course, as always, try to make you feel comfortable during your stay with us. Unfortunately, we cannot change the reality of the coronavirus, nor can we influence all the security measures that are prescribed. Fortunately Italy remains Italy and as they say: ANDRÀ TUTTO BENE! IT WILL BE ALL RIGHT!
Do you have confidence in our approach? We have been welcoming guests here at Polmone for 31 years.