Thursday, July 7, 2022
The following regions in northern and central Italy have declared a state of emergency due to drought conditions:
- Tuscany (capital: Florence)
- Lombardy (capital: Milan)
- Emilia-Romagna (capital: Bologna)
- Piedmont (capital: Turin)
- Friuli Venezia Giulia (capital: Trieste)
- Veneto (capital: Venice)
What does the state of emergency mean for my travel in Italy?
Declaring a state of emergency allows the government to provide funds to help the affected regions cope with the crisis in the short and long term.
The drought situation likely won't affect your travel plans to the affected areas in any significant way; however, water rationing has been put into place in some municipalities. For example, the BBC reports: "In Milan, all ornamental fountains have been turned off, with the mayor prohibiting the washing of private vehicles and watering gardens."
For more detailed information, see this article from Italy's national newswire service ANSA: Tuscany declares drought emergency and this article from the BBC: Drought emergency declared in northern Italy.
What are current weather conditions in Italy?
Many parts of Italy are currently experiencing a heatwave, while other areas are experiencing extreme weather such as storms. You can check for weather alerts in the areas you will be traveling at the website Meteoalarm, developed for the Network of European Meteorological Services.