We want you to be prepared for your travels this summer, so here are a few things to note as you tackle your wanderlust.
Cinque Terre restrictions
Italy’s Cinque Terre is going to begin restricting the number of visitors in the coming years. The residents of this once hidden gem have become overwhelmed by the mass inflow of visitors, and Cinque Terre National Park could quickly become an endangered UNESCO heritage site. In order to preserve the area, only 1.5 million visitors will be allowed per summer season. You will now have to obtain a ticket ahead of time in order to be considered 1 of the lucky 1.5 million. Such tickets and passes will be available on the National Park website in the coming months. Be sure to grab a ticket as soon as you know you are visiting, because they will sell out fast! You can get more details here.
Great news for US citizens: Iguazu Falls no longer requires visas or an extra $160 fee for visitation June-September. Don’t miss out on just another reason to visit these jaw-dropping waterfalls.
Gotthard Base Tunnel
The longest tunnel in the world has just opened in Switzerland, which runs over 35 miles through the Swiss Alps. The Gotthard Base Tunnel was recently completed after 17 years of construction and over 12 billion in cost. This tunnel shortcut through the mountains is expected to cut down travel time from Milan, Italy to Zurich, Switzerland by about 1 hour. While the train will reach speeds of up to 155 mph, the AlpTransit safety board has ensured top-notch safety elements to the tunnel and quotes it as being the safest route from Milan to Zurich.
France Flooding & Weather Advisory
Please keep in mind that the UEFA Soccer Championships will be held this summer in Paris. If you are planning on traveling to France, please read our earlier article for some much-advised information.