Italy is under lockdown while COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the country and claim more lives. According to reports today, March 18, about 475 people in Italy died from the virus in the last 24 hours, raising the death toll to a record number of nearly 3,000.
Venice, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has hardly recovered from extreme flooding in November of last year before it was inflicted with the coronavirus outbreak. Amid this gruesome cascade of events, optimistic images emerging from the lagoon city show lucid canals and the unprecedented return of swans, fish, and even dolphins to the city’s waters as gondola traffic has been brought to a halt.
— Gianluca De Santis (@b8taFPS) March 17, 2020
Italians are, of course, loving this silver lining. Francesco Delrio, who witnessed a boar loitering in the streets, tweeted, “Boars in the middle of my hometown, dolphins in the port of Cagliari, ducks in the fountains in Rome, Venice canals have now clean water full of fishes. Air pollution dropped. Nature is reclaiming its spaces during quarantine in Italy.”
|Servian Wall at McDonald’s||2020||1.3km||site_ao|
|Cappella di San Zenone (Chapel of Saint Zeno)||2019||1.2km||site_ao|
|Arch of the Argentarii||2019||2.4km||site_ao|
|Basilica of Santi Quattro Coronati||2019||1.2km||site_ao|
|This Subterranean Shrine Below a Bike Rental Store Celebrates an Iconic Italian Scooter||2019||1.9km||site_ao|
|Sisinnius Fresco in the Basilica San Clemente||2018||1.2km||site_ao|
|‘I Am Lost’ Plaque||2017||2.2km||site_ao|
|Palazzo Naiadi Roman Baths||2018||1.7km||site_ao|
|Saint Victoria’s Incorruptible Body||2017||2km||site_ao|
|Rome’s Hidden Art Nouveau Courtyard||2018||2.6km||site_ao|
|Dormitory “S. Tommaso d’Aquino”||2km||site_brutalism|
|Historic Centre of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See in that City Enjoying Extraterritorial Rights and San Paolo Fuori le Mura||1980||1.6km||site_whs|