The canals of Venice look very different without tourists

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Italy is still on lockdown in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 and while Italians sing from their balconies to keep each other strong, the streets of all major cities are deserted and tourists have disappeared – leaving place for nature to step back in. With Italy’s streets left deserted by locals and tourists alike, animals are slowly stepping back in © Marco Di Lauro / Getty Images The world-famous canals of Venice sparkle with unusually clear water, something that would be impossible with the high traffic of boats, vaporettos and gondolas that usually sail them and stir up sediment in the water. The water is so clear you can see huge schools of fish swimming around, and swans, that have traditionally lived in the canals of Burano in the Venetian lagoon, are enjoying having the clear water of the Serenissima to themselves. But Venice is not the only Italian city seeing a return of nature into its streets. Dolphins were seen swimming into the port of Cagliari on the island of Sardinia , and in the island’s second town, Sassari, wild boars (which are still pretty numerous all around Italy) have been seen scavenging for food […]

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