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Jul 23, 2020

Tiffany finds herself just outside the walls of Vatican City on a summer morning and marvels at the dramatic change in the neighborhood.

In an area that once fed almost exclusively off of tourist dollars, from cafes to restaurants, from souvenir shops to tour agencies, even now, the dearth of tourists is disconcerting—and it's not clear how the area's businesses will survive.

The biggest shock for Tiffany is that for the first time ever, she can walk around the area without being asked if she wants a tour a dozen or more times. She also wonders: are the few tourists here now aware how lucky they are to see Rome like this?


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