Photos show how European tourist spots are becoming overcrowded as summer travel heats up

Europe’s top tourist destinations fill with visitors as countries relax travel restrictions. Emilio Morenatti / AP Photo; Miguel Medina / AFP via Getty Images

  • Summer travel to Europe is heating up as more countries open their borders to international tourists.

  • A handful of European countries, like Italy and Greece, have started welcoming American visitors.

  • The photos show bustling beaches and sights across Europe, from Venice to the Acropolis in Greece.

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On Saturday, tourists were photographed flooding the streets of Venice near the Ponte della Paglia bridge.

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Italy began opening its border to international tourists, including Americans, on May 16, Travel + Leisure reported.

Visitors also took mask-less rides on gondolas through the canals of Venice.

Gondola ride Venice Italy June 2021

Venice has also seen its first cruise ship pass through the city since the start of the pandemic, the Associated Press reported on June 3.

In Rome, tourists gathered for photos in front of the Trevi Fountain.

Trevi Fountain Rome June 2021

Italy is one of a handful of European countries that have opened up to American tourists. Other countries include Greece, Spain, Croatia, Iceland and Spain, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Visitors lined up to visit the Louvre in Paris on Wednesday.

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Since Friday, France is now open to international visitors, including Americans, according to the website of the European Schengen visa area.

In one photo, a German tourist visiting her French friend poses in front of the famous Louvre pyramid.

Tourists June 2021 Paris

The Louvre reopened on May 19 for the first time since it closed in October 2020, the museum said in a statement.

Tourists also returned to historic sites, such as the Parthenon Temple on Acropolis Hill in Athens, Greece.

Parthenon in Athens, Greece June 2021

Greece began a gradual reopening of its borders on April 19, AFAR reported.

As of May, travelers have also been allowed to roam Greece from island to island.

Beachgoers took in the sunshine in the Spanish resort of Mallorca on Monday.

Mallorca tourism June 2021

Spain reopened its doors to international tourists on Monday, according to Reuters.

And on Tuesday, people were pictured flocking to Barcelona beaches.

Barcelona Beach June 2021

While Europe is not yet fully open to Americans, other countries are relaxing travel restrictions for fully vaccinated American travelers.

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