|Not a tourist in site, Florence Photo credit: Sheila Ford|
|Photo by Sheila Ford|
|Photo by Sheila Ford|
Businesses depending on tourism and critically hurt when the world stopped traveling, hotels closed, restaurants and cafes only offered take away.
A substantial part of the Italian economy is dependent on visitors and even international students. Without the constant flow of travelers to fill hotels, enjoy the restaurants and cafes or book tours, it became financially difficult for businesses to remain open.
Italians have become very resourceful during the stay at home order, creating new ways to market their products, connect with clients and promote future projects. Some of these new business ideas may become a permanent part of future marketing.
Zoom has quickly become the go-to method to remain relevant to clients and reach new prospects in the virtual classroom or showroom.
You can also register for Italian conversation classed the will cover travel, food, cinema, music and shopping. The 60 minute classes are kept small, 10 per class and offered in morning or afternoons. Private groups can also be arranged. Contact Yle for all details.
The in house cafe is often the site for cooking events and family style dinners during the week. Pizza and Pasta making classes have been offered as well.
Linda offers insider tours to share her in depth knowledge of Rome. Ask a local if you want to know about a city, you can learn much more than a tour book ever offers.
Due to the worldwide pandemic the Beehive temporarily closed, and offered Gift Cards for future stays. A unique program that some other hotels adopted. Guest would prepay for a future stay, helping the beehive with cash flow while the city was closed. When travelers can return to Italy again guests will enjoy a stay during a future stay.
During the closure of the Beehive you could follow cooking lessons by Steve on You Tube.
keep shipping packages.
Collaborating with other stores in Florence, Mailbox Etc will pick up the items you select from the online offerings of olive oil, cookies, candies, pasta and other treats package your items and ship them direct to your or as a gift.
While Italy was closed, Italian Stories brought craftsmen and artisans to world wide audiences through a series of online
You can tour many studios and learn about the people who create fine Italian products on the Face Book feature:
Il Caffe in Laboratorio