Coronavirus restrictions in many parts of Italy will be eased from Sunday, the country's Health Ministry has announced.
All but five of Italy's regions will be considered "yellow" under its color-coded system, the ministry said on Friday.
Veneto, the region around Venice, is to go from an orange to a yellow zone, which allows the daytime reopening of bars and restaurants and greater freedom to travel.
Calabria in the south and Emilia-Romagna in the north were also downgraded from orange to yellow.
From Sunday, the regions of Puglia, Sardinia, Sicily, Umbria and the autonomous province of Bolzano will be in the orange zone.
All the other regions and autonomous provinces are in the yellow zone.
Health Minister Roberto Speranza said Italy had experienced a significant drop in its coronavirus transmission rate.
"The transmission rate of the infection fell to 0.84. It is an encouraging result of the correct behavior of the people and the Christmas measures that have worked. Numerous regions will return to the yellow zone. This is good news, but keeping your full attention is essential. The challenge to the virus is still very complex," Speranza added.