This Italian Vacation Hotspot Is Now Asking Tourists To Return - Here's Why

What once used to be an exploration spot for tourists from across the globe has now become an endurance test as this Italian town faces drought like situation. Here is everything you need to know.
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This Italian Vacation Hotspot Is Now Asking Tourists To Return. (Image credits: iStock)

Perched on a hill in Sicily, Agrigento is a heaven for history buffs with its famous valleys and temples. Maze-like ancient aqueducts still function here as these structures channel water. However, in what comes as a shocking news, the aqueduct - and others built in modern times, are running dry. The situation is so bad that hotels have been forced to turn tourists away. Providing basic amenities like working showers and toilets has also become a hefty task.
Sicily
Sicily
But why is this happening? What is leading to such massive water shortage? A drought.
In February, Sicily declared a state of emergency and imposed certain water restrictions. What further contributed to the misery was leaky and outdated infrastructure. And now, this shortage is impacting tourism in the region - something which is of utmost importance in Sicily as it runs the economy.
The government has resorted to water rationing as over a million people across 93 different communities have been asked to cut the consumption by up to 45%. The new normal includes scheduled water access and overnight shutdowns.
Many tourists on TripAdvisor have expressed concerns about visiting drought-stricken parts of Sicily. Hotels have been honest with their guests when it comes to water shortages. One such example is the Le Cinque Novelle, a bed and breakfast in central Agrigento. The owners of this place have even installed water-saving filters in showers and sinks, adding to the frustration of their guests.
Sicily
Sicily
Sicily's government is in talks with Rome for financial aid. However, no concrete solution has come forth as of now. The national tourism minister's office has not provided a response yet. However, in April they suggested Sicily diversify its tourist season to lessen the burden on summer months when water shortages worsen.
What once was a hotspot of tourists has now become a test of endurance. The ideal summer in Sicily is now a path of challenges for everyone who is planning to visit. While last year it was the wildfires that forced tourists to flee, this year it is going to be extreme water scarcity.
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