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‘So thankful to be back’: Italy, first to lock down in Europe, is slowly reopening, welcoming back tourists – USA TODAY

ROME – Marco Vigorita strummed his ukulele and belted out three songs – his self-imposed limit – then stayed around to joke with the table of four finishing their lunch outside a restaurant in the bohemian neighborhood of Trastevere.

The four women at the table were there to celebrate one of them earning her law degree, and Vigorita, a common sight on the usually thriving restaurant and bar scene in Trastevere, had no place to go.

“This,” Vigorita said, tilting his head toward the restaurant, Da Enzo, “this is what passes for tourism these days.”

The restaurant served fewer than a dozen diners that lunch shift, a far cry from normal circumstances when Da Enzo’s mostly international clientele stand in line for a seat at the tiny eatery. 

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‘So thankful to be back’: Italy, first to lock down in Europe, is slowly reopening, welcoming back tourists – USA TODAY

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