Italy lifts COVID restrictions

Milan Cathedral

Italy has confirmed its removal of most restrictions on international travellers. News of the move comes as Italian carrier ITA Airways plans to restart flights to Milan from London City Airport. Reflecting a recommendation of the European Council that applies to all EU countries, vaccinated people no longer need to take tests before leaving the UK. For details on the country's Green or Super Green Passes , currently needed to access services in the country, and what to do if you are not fuly vaccinated see the Foreign, Commonwealth and Developm,ent Office website.

ITA will fly to Linate airport. Starting on 28 March it will operate three daily round trips from Monday to Friday, one on Saturday and two on Sunday. People eying weekend getaways will be able to leave Docklands at 0835, 1345 or 1905 on Friday, for example, and and fly back at on Monday at 0700, 1220 or 1740. Milan is an excellent city break choice, not least for its fashion shopping, restaurants and attractions such as La Scala opera, a visit to the cathedral roof and Leonardo da Vinci's mural of the Last Supper in the refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Walking among the Gothic gargoyles, pinnacles and flying buttresses like white whale ribs on the cathedral roof is an extraordinary experience (play safe and book a guided tour in advance). On clear days you may see the snow capped Alps. Da Vinci's painting (book in advance). Da Vinci's painting, created between 1494 and 1498 was most recently restored in 1999 with an effort to bring back, as closely as possible, its original colours.