As the end of summer approached, we wanted to make one more day trip before the start of the start of the fall school schedule. When considering day trips from Milan, it’s hard to choose. There are just so many beautiful places to visit within a relatively short drive from Milan. A short drive in any direction from Milan will bring you to a beautiful place. We decided to head southeast to city of Mantua, a picturesque, small medieval town in Lombardy which is only a 2-hour drive from Milan.
As the number of Coronavirus cases continue to rise here in Italy, the government has decided to impose new, national measures to help stop the spread of the virus. As of today, masks are required at all times while outdoors. Not only are masks required outdoors but they are also required in in one’s own home if someone who does not live with you is visiting. Those who do not comply will face a fat 400-1000 euro fine. Since the reopening of the country after lock down, rules regarding mask wearing had gradually relaxed a little. Masks have been required in all indoor public places but wearing masks outdoors eventually was relaxed to only wearing them when one was not able to social distance. It’s a sad day indeed!
In November of 2018 my family and I moved to Milan, Italy from Southern California. We had known for a few years that there was a possibility we would make the move so I prepared as best I could. One of the ways I prepared was by learning Italian. It was important to me that I be able to speak Italian fluently. I wanted to be able to adapt to my adopted country and navigate my everyday life without the fear of not being able to communicate. I also wanted to develop genuine relationships which, of course, requires in depth conversation.
Today, as we enter the 9th week of lockdown here in Milan, there are 181,228 cases and 24,114 deaths in Italy. In the neighborhood I live in there are 107 cases with 14 fatalities. Thankfully, the number of daily new cases continues to drop and slowly, too slowly for us here, the daily death rate is declining.
Yesterday, I, along with millions of people around the world, watched Andrea Bocelli give a live stream concert from the Duomo of Milan. The mayor of Milan, Bepe Sala, had invited him to give the concert as a gift to people of Milan, and indeed the world, on Easter Sunday.