If one thing could really bring home how significantly life has changed over the past few weeks, it’s seeing sights like Rome’s Spanish Steps and St Mark’s Square in Venice completely, utterly deserted.
Usually, you’d have to wade through crowds upon crowds to get within even queuing distance of the Doge’s Palace or Colosseum. But with curfews and quarantine measures being enforced throughout Europe, things are looking very different now – as these live webcam feeds from Skyline show.
You do wonder who the odd straggler is and why they’re still knocking about, but mainly it’s made us ever-impatient to get back out and explore. We’ll have to wait, and it’ll be great.
Webcams from deserted tourist destinations
Trevi Fountain in Rome
The water may still be flowing, but you’d be hard-pressed to spot more than one or two Romans passing by the Trevi Fountain every minute or so right now. It’s a similar story at the Spanish Steps and Colosseum.
Usually a thriving place of pilgrimage, Jerusalem’s Western Wall is noticeably emptier than usual. Israelis have been told not to leave their homes unless necessary, and the country’s borders have been sealed off to visitors.