M6.5 #earthquake (#terremoto) strikes 125 km NE of #Roma (#Italy) 26 min ago. Updated map of its effects: pic.twitter.com/2hSzwpA67w— EMSC (@LastQuake) October 30, 2016 Should I cancel my holiday?It is not necessary to cancel your holiday to Italy, provided you keep updated with the latest advice from the country and ensure you have adequate travel insurance. It’s advisable to take out fully comprehensive travel insurance which includes protection against delays, lost or damaged items and cancelled trips, as well as medical cover, in the event of natural disasters.If I want to cancel my holiday, what are my rights?You would be unlikely to be able to claim a refund unless your accommodation or travel is severely affected by earthquake damage. There is no formal earthquake alert from the British or Italian governments at present, aside from the general advice from the Italian Civil Protection agency so although recent events have understandably made visitors and holiday companies cautious, you would not be covered for cancelling due to a change of heart.What about travel insurance?If you’ve already taken out a policy for a holiday in Italy (and checked that it includes natural disasters), this should still cover costs like moving to different accommodation, or a trip cancelled by the holiday operator, in the event of further earthquakes. If, however, a new earthquake warning is issued by the Government and you then travel against that advice, you would not be able to claim expenses or a refund.What to do in the event of an earthquakeIf you’re caught in an earthquake and are inside a building:Stay where you are and try to keep as low as possible; if you are standing, drop down to the floor in a crouch position.Check that you are not near anything which might fall, such as light fittings and stay away from windows which could smash.Take shelter near load-bearing walls and in doorways.Protect your head and neck with your arms.Stay away from stairs as they are particularly unstable.Avoid lifts.If you’re caught in an earthquake and are outside:Avoid being near buildings, trees, power lines and any outdoor structures which could collapse such as bridges.What to do after an earthquake:If inside, and you can see a clear path, move out of the building to a safe, open space.If you are trapped inside, try to avoid moving (as this can dislodge debris) and instead tap on a pipe or wall to alert rescuers.Check if people nearby need help, or if necessary, First Aid.Avoid using your phone too much or using a car, so that emergency services will not be disrupted.We’ve got more travel-savvy tips on Italy below:Local’s guide to Rome Rome resident Tripbod Judy reveals 10 of the best things to do and see in the Italian capital.City breaks: Italy’s best kept secretsHeard of the lovely city of Lucca? How about swapping Milan for Matera? Get some insider tips for alternative Italian trips.How to do Venice on a budgetFrom exploring the famous canals to hitting the beach; find out how to visit Venice and not spend a fortune.*Information is accurate as of November 2016. Although we may update our site from time to time, we can’t guarantee that the content is up to date. For more details please see our terms of service.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Is it safe to book a holiday to Italy? Are more earthquakes likely?Smaller aftershocks are likely, according to seismologists, although these are expected to decrease over time. The Italian Civil Protection authority states that the areas most at risk are: “Northern-Eastern Italy (Friuli Venezia Giulia and Veneto), Western Liguria, Northern Apennines (from Garfagnana to the Rimini area), and, above all, across the Central and Southern Apennines, in Calabria and Eastern Sicily.”As Italy lies on and near geological fault lines, minor earthquakes are actually quite common. However, only around 10% of those earthquakes cause serious damage and most are much smaller in scale than the recent earthquakes. The frequency of this type of activity also means that major tourist cities and towns have been fortified to withstand earthquake tremors over the years.The current travel advice for Italy (as of 6th November 2016) is that it is safe to travel, but visitors should contact local authorities, regional news and/or their travel operator if going to the Umbria and Le Marche regions. Though tremors were felt in other parts of the country, including Rome, the capital is not considered at risk of an earthquake and major tourist attractions like St Peter’s Basilica have been declared safe to visit.Are airports and roads affected?The Foreign Office (FCO) advises that “some roads in the areas affected by strong or very strong tremors have been damaged or are being reserved for emergency vehicles. Before travelling to the affected areas, you should contact the relevant authorities in the Marche or Umbria regions and follow local advice.” At the time of writing, all airports, including Rome and Perugia, are operating normally, as the main areas affected by the Italy earthquake are located in rural areas.Will people still travel to Italy from the UK?The 3 million Brits who holiday in Italy each year are unlikely to be too dissuaded from visiting. Umbria is one of the most popular destinations in Italy for British holidaymakers, along with its neighbour, Tuscany. Peppered with historic towns like Assisi, and known as the ‘green heart’ of Italy for its bucolic scenery and relaxed pace of life, the area looks to remain well-loved by travellers from all over. Which areas have been affected by the earthquake in Italy?The most major earthquake to hit Italy in 2016 came in August, affecting several towns and villages in the central provinces of Umbria, Le Marche and Lazio, about 65 miles north-east of Rome. The most severe damage happened in Accumoli, Amatrice and Pescara del Tronto, sadly with almost 300 casualties in total. The nearest major tourist destination to the epicentre was the city of Perugia, roughly 40 miles away.More recently, a second wave of earthquakes hit Norcia in late October, also in the Umbria region. Fortunately, this time no one was killed, though some historic buildings and churches important for the local community, such as Norcia’s St Benedict’s Cathedral, were also damaged. 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