The ongoing Coronavirus crisis has changed the world as we know it. The travel industry is one of the hardest to have been hit and previously popular attractions and destinations are now eerily vacant. Check out these pictures of some of the world’s busiest places before and after Covid-19.

Rome Is Unrecognizable Now

Rome is one of Europe’s most popular cities. Home to major attractions like the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, and pictured, the Spanish Steps, it’s one of those cities where you can never really avoid huge crowds, even outside of peak season. But with the Covid-19 crisis, that has completely changed.


The spread of the Coronavirus has sent all of Italy into lockdown which has affected every single city in the nation, including the capital. Photos that have recently emerged from Rome during Italy’s lockdown make the city look unrecognizable.

The Spanish Steps are one of the most famous landmarks in the city and are usually crawling with tourists, as we can see in the first image. To see them so vacated really shows how serious the situation is and speaks volumes about the effect of Coronavirus on the travel industry.

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It Breaks Our Heart To See Times Square Like This

New York is often thought of as the busiest city in the United States, at least as far as tourists go. Manhattan—especially during peak season—is another destination where you can barely walk on the sidewalk without having tourists brushing up beside you. The concrete jungle is famous for its long lines and chaotic ambiance.

Given how we know New York, it’s confronting to see images like this of Times Square, one of the city’s most iconic and popular attractions. Normally, this is one of the places in New York (and there are many) where you’re always guaranteed to run into crowds. But because of the Coronavirus crisis, it almost resembles a post-apocalyptic ghost town.

Broadway shows have been shut down until further notice in an effort to stop the virus from spreading more. With all the changes, New York barely seems like itself.

Prague Has Become A Ghost Town

Although not as popular as some of the cities in western Europe, like Rome, Paris, and Barcelona, Prague still receives millions of visitors every year. The capital of the Czech Republic boasts wonders like Prague Castle, Old Town Square, St. Vitus Cathedral, and the iconic Charles Bridge, pictured here.

The Charles Bridge dates back to the 14thcentury and crosses the Vltava River, offering spectacular views of the surrounding city. The stunning bridge is decorated with statues and is historically significant, having served as the only means of crossing the river until 1841. It is one of the most popular landmarks in Prague and is usually flooded with people.

Photos of Prague that have emerged during the Coronavirus crisis show the Charles Bridge looking hauntingly empty. Once packed with spectators, the bridge is now vacant as if it’s not one of the most famous locations in the city.

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Singaporean Businesses Are Suffering

The Coronavirus pandemic spread to Singapore in January of 2020. The usually popular Asian city has become a shell of its former self as the government has taken measures to slow the spread of the virus.

This image shows China Town, one of Singapore’s busiest attractions. Under normal circumstances, it’s another one of those tourist hotspots that you can nearly always guarantee will be crowded with people. But following the outbreak of the virus, it too has come to resemble a ghost town. With less foot traffic, a recent ban on Malaysian travel, and significant drops in tourism, the businesses in Singapore are struggling to keep afloat—as businesses are all over the world.

Singapore has announced a number of social distancing measures to control the virus, including a forced self-isolation policy for anybody returning from overseas travel.

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Venice Is Eerily Beautiful Without The Crowds

A city in Northern Italy, Venice has been one of the destinations hit the hardest by the spread of the virus. Even before the country was placed on lockdown, the north of Italy was categorized with a Level 4 travel ban due to the presence of Covid-19. In addition to causing massive drops in tourism, the virus has also disrupted local events, including the Carnival of Venice.

The images of a Venice without the floods of tourists that it has grown accustomed to are confronting, to say the least. But looking at the stunning architecture without hordes of people in the way is also a hauntingly beautiful sight.

Before the outbreak of the virus, Venice was one of the cities that really struggled with overtourism and dealing with the repercussions of too many tourists and their permanent footprints. Perhaps the silver lining is that the country’s lockdown and travel bans will allow Venice the rare chance to rest and recuperate from suffocating levels of tourism.

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