05.06.2012 - 30.06.2012
A situation update at the 5th of june
The Emilia Romagna is working to return to normal. After the seismic shocks of the past days and the following swarms in some inland areas conditions are stable.
Many residents have been evacuated in areas affected by the earthquakes, and some manufacturing activities have been temporarily suspended. However, many others have returned to normal production in temporary shelters set up for this purpose.
The region's hospitality industry continues to operate normally, except some centers that have been directly affected by the quakes (please see below for links to detailed information). While the people of the Emilia Romagna, working in solidarity, continue to assess the damage suffered to homes, businesses, and important historical monuments, the most known sights of the Riviera continue to attract large numbers of tourists.
On a daily basis civil defense, fire brigades and the police responsable for the protection of cultural heritage are carefully monitoring conditions and ensuring the stability of public and private buildings and guaranteeing the security of goods and services.
Particular attention is being given to the condition of the buildings of historical, architectural, and cultural significance that have been affected by the earthquake. A special corps of firefighters, working along with the Regional Directorate of Italy's Ministry of Culture, is responsible for daily inspections inside the affected buildings.
It is too early to make a total estimate of damage. However in some important cities like Modena, Ferrara, and Bologna, inspections have permitted certain monuments and museums to already re-open to the public.
In fact, it should be noted that the most important artistic cities of Emilia Romagna, as well as popular tourist areas along the Adriatic coast, were not directly affected by shock, and have reported no major damage or personal injury. The Governors of the regions of the Emilia Romagna, Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia have assured tourists that the beaches and tourist facilities are “intact and functioning.”
The Minister for Tourism, Piero Gnudi, has activated a task force of experts to help explain abroad the earthquakes' impact, and the continuing safety and security of Italy for tourists. He has also established a toll-free number of italia.it for further information in real-time.
Except some temporary disruptions and alterations on the road and railway network, the travel situation as well as the Airport services are normal. In fact, Bologna just inaugurated a new route from Bologna to Berlin.
For real-time information, please refer to the following websites:
Toll-free number 841148
aeroporto di Bologna
For more general information, please refer to the following:
Provincia Reggio Emilia
Official website www.provincia.re.it
Provincia Bologna www.provincia.bologna.it
Provincia di Modena www.provincia.modena.it
Civil Protection Agency Emilia-Romagna
www.protezionecivile.emilia-romagna.it| Tel. 800333911
Central Tourist Information for Ferrara:
Tel. 0532 209370 - 299303 Fax 0532 212266
Stay up-to-date on Twitter:
http://twitter.com/ertourism (service provided by Tourism Emilia Romagna)
Foreign visitors are also advised to consult with their country's embassies and consulates in the region for additional information and updates.