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
In any normal time, this would be one of the busiest places in the Spanish capital. Yet as the government enforces a lockdown, few are passing through but emergency service personnel.
View webcam of Puerta del Sol
La Serenissima was one of the first Italian cities to go into lockdown, and its most popular tourist spot, St. Mark’s Square, is far from the bustling centrepiece it usually is.
View webcam of St Mark’s Square
The Church of Our Lady Before Týn looms over a decidedly empty Old Town Square in Prague. On March 16 the Czech government ordered its citizens to stay indoors for at least a week.
View webcam of Old Town Square
There’s no sign of life along the white sands of Las Vistas in Tenerife, where tourists have been told to stay in their hotels in line with Spain’s nationwide lockdown.
View webcam of Las Vistas beach
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.
View webcam of Western Wall