Sicily will pay 50% of your airfare and one out of three nights of your hotel stay. Information correct as of publishing.

COVID-19 has affected the travel industry globally since it’s emergence in late 2019. Italy, one of the worst hit countries by the pandemic has seen their tourism decline in ways never seen before. Sicily alone is estimated to have lost over $1.09 billion in tourism revenue.

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One of Europe’s most beautiful and popular destinations for holidaymakers, Sicily is the biggest island in the Mediterranean. Blessed with rich historical sites and well-preserved ruins like the Valley of the Temples, Doric-style Greek temples, and the Byzantine mosaics of Cappella Palatina, it’s little wonder why the island attracts so much attention.

To boost tourism once it’s safe to travel, Sicily has offered to pay a large part of tourist expenses. Approximately $54 million will be set aside to pay for half of airfare and a third of hotel expenses for tourists who wish to visit. Many of their museums and archaeological sites will also be offering free tickets.

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Visitors who wish to take advantage of these subsidies should visit Visit Sicily‘s website after the country is ready to open their borders. While the exact dates are yet to be determined, this definitely brings the Italian island up the pecking order for places to visit once the pandemic is over.

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