The island of Ponza stormed by tourists for the bridge of Saints Peter and Paul. It is the first strong wave of holidaymakers on the main island of the Ponziano archipelago, after the emergency caused by the coronavirus that has tightened the tourism sector in the grip of the crisis causing the loss of a substantial slice of presences.
On the last weekend, with the festive day of Monday 29 in Rome, the island of the Pontine seems to have left everything behind. Full hotels, almost impossible to find houses for rent, full restaurants and bars, crowded beaches. Many have fled the capital reaching one of the most popular islands not only of the Tyrrhenian Sea, with its splendid coves, natural pools, the clear waters of the sea, the blue seabed and the stretches of beach of extraordinary beauty. A’unexpected turnout these days of the end of the month, with fears of the coronavirus not yet completely removed in Lazio.
But the charm of Ponza has already attracted many VIPs: a few weeks ago it “bewitched” Bruno Vespa and the foreign minister Luigi Di Maio, arrived with his girlfriend Virginia Saba. In the last hours, on the other hand, the half-length portrait of Tg1 would have been “spotted” on the island Alberto Matano. several luxury yacht and many boats you arrive at the port. An “assault” that, on the one hand, makes merchants, hoteliers and economic operators happy, on the other, it worries. Franco Ferraiuolo, mayor of Ponza, is not in fact calm: «People – says the first citizen – seem to have forgotten that the contagion from Covid-19 is not over. We are concerned because, now that the government has reopened all activities, the responsibility for social distancing has passed to individual people who, however, do not always exercise it in the right way “.
The Municipality has adopted all the necessary precautions, enhancing the local police service with five seasonal policemen and also commissioning you are steward for try to enforce social distancing. But, despite the major checks, it is not a simple operation. “The tourist season has recovered well and this is certainly a positive aspect for our island – concludes Ferraiuolo -, but the situation is certainly not easy to manage if there is no competition from the common sense from vacationers».
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