In photos: Iconic tourist hot spots in Italy like you've never seen them — deserted because of COVID-19

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Italy was officially put on lockdown by its government as the country reported the most COVID-19 cases in the world outside of China.

Citizens are encouraged to stay in their homes and large public events are currently banned as the number of coronavirus cases continues to skyrocket. As of March 10, Italy has over 10,000 cases and 600 deaths.

The outbreak has prompted other countries to either ban or warn against travel to Italy.

Canada has issued its second highest level of a travel advisory for Italy, advising its citizens to “avoid non-essential travel.” Air Canada has also suspended all its flights to Italy starting March 11.

Cities usually filled with tourists and locals are deserted as the country tries to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Here’s a look at some of those tourist hot spots like you’ve never seen them before.

An environmental protest banner, reading "there is no plan(et) B" sits on the edge of an empty Duomo square in view of Duomo Cathedral, in Milan, Italy, on March 10, 2020. (Credit: Camilla Cerea/Bloomberg)
Italy shut down amid COVID-19 outbreak
An environmental protest banner, reading "there is no plan(et) B" sits on the edge of an empty Duomo square in view of Duomo Cathedral, in Milan, Italy, on March 10, 2020. (Credit: Camilla Cerea/Bloomberg)
A view shows the deserted Corso Venezia main street on March 10, 2020 in downtown Milan. (Credit: Miguel Medina/AFP)
Italy shut down amid COVID-19 outbreak
A view shows the deserted Corso Venezia main street on March 10, 2020 in downtown Milan. (Credit: Miguel Medina/AFP)
A view of Milan's Via del Corso from Piazza del Popolo with some soldiers in the evening before the entire nation of Italy has been placed under lockdown. (Credit: Giuseppe Fama/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Italy shut down amid COVID-19 outbreak
A view of Milan's Via del Corso from Piazza del Popolo with some soldiers in the evening before the entire nation of Italy has been placed under lockdown. (Credit: Giuseppe Fama/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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A deserted area and a closed Colosseum monument in Rome on March 10, 2020 (Credit: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP)
Italy shut down amid COVID-19 outbreak
A deserted area and a closed Colosseum monument in Rome on March 10, 2020 (Credit: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP)
A general view taken on March 10, 2020 shows the Vatican's Saint Peter's Square and its main basilica closed to tourists in Rome, Italy. (Photo by TIZIANA FABI/AFP via Getty Images)
Italy shut down amid COVID-19 outbreak
A general view taken on March 10, 2020 shows the Vatican's Saint Peter's Square and its main basilica closed to tourists in Rome, Italy. (Photo by TIZIANA FABI/AFP via Getty Images)
A picture shows the ancient Roman Forum ruins and the Colosseum without people during the coronavirus emergency on March 10, 2020, in Rome, Italy. (Credit: Antonio Masiello/Getty Images)
Italy shut down amid COVID-19 outbreak
A picture shows the ancient Roman Forum ruins and the Colosseum without people during the coronavirus emergency on March 10, 2020, in Rome, Italy. (Credit: Antonio Masiello/Getty Images)
People keep a safe distance while lining up to enter a post office in downtown Rome on March 10, 2020. (Credit: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP)
Italy shut down amid COVID-19 outbreak
People keep a safe distance while lining up to enter a post office in downtown Rome on March 10, 2020. (Credit: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP)
People wearing face masks queuing up at supermarkets to stock up on food and goods in Rome, Italy. (Credit: Simona Granati/Getty Images)
Italy shut down amid COVID-19 outbreak
People wearing face masks queuing up at supermarkets to stock up on food and goods in Rome, Italy. (Credit: Simona Granati/Getty Images)
A man runs past an empty restaurant on Piazza di Sant'Egidio in the Trastevere district of Rome on March 10, 2020. (Credit: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP)
Italy shut down amid COVID-19 outbreak
A man runs past an empty restaurant on Piazza di Sant'Egidio in the Trastevere district of Rome on March 10, 2020. (Credit: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP)
A general view of Capitoline Hill square without people during the coronavirus emergency, on March 10, 2020, in Rome, Italy. (Credit: Antonio Masiello/Getty Images)
Italy shut down amid COVID-19 outbreak
A general view of Capitoline Hill square without people during the coronavirus emergency, on March 10, 2020, in Rome, Italy. (Credit: Antonio Masiello/Getty Images)
A general view of Via del Teatro Marcello without people during the coronavirus emergency on March 10, 2020, in Rome, Italy. (Credit: Antonio Masiello/Getty Images)
Italy shut down amid COVID-19 outbreak
A general view of Via del Teatro Marcello without people during the coronavirus emergency on March 10, 2020, in Rome, Italy. (Credit: Antonio Masiello/Getty Images)
An empty Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II during the first day of quarantine for Milan, Italy on March 9, 2020. (Credit: Mairo Cinquetti/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Italy shut down amid COVID-19 outbreak
An empty Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II during the first day of quarantine for Milan, Italy on March 9, 2020. (Credit: Mairo Cinquetti/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A commuter, wearing a protective face mask, walks through the Garibaldi Milan Metro interchange station in Milan, Italy, on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. (Credit: Camilla Cerea/Bloomberg)
Italy shut down amid COVID-19 outbreak
A commuter, wearing a protective face mask, walks through the Garibaldi Milan Metro interchange station in Milan, Italy, on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. (Credit: Camilla Cerea/Bloomberg)
Milan's underground the first day of quarantine in Italy, Milan, March 9, 2020. (Credit: Mairo Cinquetti/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Italy shut down amid COVID-19 outbreak
Milan's underground the first day of quarantine in Italy, Milan, March 9, 2020. (Credit: Mairo Cinquetti/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Milano Central Station the first day of quarantine in Italy, Milan, March 9, 2020. (Credit: Mairo Cinquetti/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Italy shut down amid COVID-19 outbreak
Milano Central Station the first day of quarantine in Italy, Milan, March 9, 2020. (Credit: Mairo Cinquetti/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A few commuters travel in the underground metro in Milan on March 10, 2020 after Italy imposed unprecedented national restrictions on its 60 million people. (Credit: Miguel Medina/AFP)
Italy shut down amid COVID-19 outbreak
A few commuters travel in the underground metro in Milan on March 10, 2020 after Italy imposed unprecedented national restrictions on its 60 million people. (Credit: Miguel Medina/AFP)
Customs officers check the papers of border crossers at the Swiss-Italian border crossing. (Credit: Christiane Oelrich/Getty Images)
Italy shut down amid COVID-19 outbreak
Customs officers check the papers of border crossers at the Swiss-Italian border crossing. (Credit: Christiane Oelrich/Getty Images)
A general view taken on March 10, 2020 shows the deserted Piazza del Duomo in Florence, Tuscany. (Credit: Carlo Bressan/AFP)
Italy shut down amid COVID-19 outbreak
A general view taken on March 10, 2020 shows the deserted Piazza del Duomo in Florence, Tuscany. (Credit: Carlo Bressan/AFP)
A deserted car boarding area is pictured at the ferry terminal in Messina, Sicily, on March 10, 2020. (Credit: Giovanni Isolino/AFP)
Italy shut down amid COVID-19 outbreak
A deserted car boarding area is pictured at the ferry terminal in Messina, Sicily, on March 10, 2020. (Credit: Giovanni Isolino/AFP)
A single pedestrian passes Sforzesco Castello in Milan, Italy, on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. (Credit: Camilla Cerea/Bloomberg)
Italy shut down amid COVID-19 outbreak
A single pedestrian passes Sforzesco Castello in Milan, Italy, on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. (Credit: Camilla Cerea/Bloomberg)
A street behind cathedral Duomo di Milano on the first day of quarantine for Milan, March 9, 2020. (Credit: Mairo Cinquetti/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Italy shut down amid COVID-19 outbreak
A street behind cathedral Duomo di Milano on the first day of quarantine for Milan, March 9, 2020. (Credit: Mairo Cinquetti/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Trevi Fountain without people during the coronavirus emergency, on March 10, 2020, in Rome, Italy. (Credit: Andrea Pirri/NurPhoto)
Italy shut down amid COVID-19 outbreak
Trevi Fountain without people during the coronavirus emergency, on March 10, 2020, in Rome, Italy. (Credit: Andrea Pirri/NurPhoto)
A deserted Piazzale Michelangelo overlooking the city of Florence, Tuscany on March 10, 2020. (Credit: Carlo Bressan/AFP)
Italy shut down amid COVID-19 outbreak
A deserted Piazzale Michelangelo overlooking the city of Florence, Tuscany on March 10, 2020. (Credit: Carlo Bressan/AFP)
A person wearing a respiratory mask as part of precautionary measures against the spread of the new COVID-19 coronavirus, walks across a deserted Piazza del plebiscito in Naples on March 10, 2020. (Credit: Carlo Hermann/AFP)
Italy shut down amid COVID-19 outbreak
A person wearing a respiratory mask as part of precautionary measures against the spread of the new COVID-19 coronavirus, walks across a deserted Piazza del plebiscito in Naples on March 10, 2020. (Credit: Carlo Hermann/AFP)
A man wearing a respiratory mask as part of precautionary measures against the spread of the new COVID-19 coronavirus, walks along the seafront by Castel dell'Ovo in Naples on March 10, 2020. (Credit: Carlo Hermann/AFP)
Italy shut down amid COVID-19 outbreak
A man wearing a respiratory mask as part of precautionary measures against the spread of the new COVID-19 coronavirus, walks along the seafront by Castel dell'Ovo in Naples on March 10, 2020. (Credit: Carlo Hermann/AFP)

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