July 13, 2024

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A popular village in Italy no longer welcomes tourists… because of a lack of water

A popular village in Italy no longer welcomes tourists… because of a lack of water

A popular tourist destination in Italy is denying the arrival of foreign visitors this summer for an unfortunate reason: the Sicilian village has no water.

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Agrigento, a hilly town in Sicily, has been forced to turn away tourists due to a combination of extreme weather and a defunct old water system.

Designated the Italian capital of culture in 2025, the city can no longer guarantee running water to its guests.

She now has to make considerable efforts to acquire resources.

The news spread to tourists who wanted to visit Agrigento, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its preserved Greek temples.

Several lodging owners testified to CNN that they had to reassure their customers.

In fact, the situation affects the entire tourism sector, risking serious economic consequences in this part of Sicily.



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Because the water flow is so low, it sometimes takes more than half an hour to fill a bucket, local residents told US channel CNN.

Hotels also had to purchase water to meet reception needs.

Sicily first implemented water restrictions in February, when the southern Italian region officially declared a state of emergency.

Cities across Italy have experienced severe drought, but the situation in Sicily is one of the worst, classified as ‘extreme’.

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