The Torlonia, their collection and a new museum: a true event!
Along with the exhibition on Raphael, it should have…
Italy’s newly appointed minister of Culture Alberto Bonasoli has hinted at the imminent scrapping of the extremely popular free entrance to state-run museums on the first Sunday of each month. Mr. Bonasoli has said that the initiative is untenable in financial terms and that many smaller museums are struggling because of the “obligation to keep open”.
He is also considering allowing each state-owned museum to design their own calendars of free events, according to the specific features of the area they’re in or the type of visitors usually found at each of those.
Dubbed “#domenicalmuseo” in Italian, the venture has attracted over 12 million visitors (many of them foreign travellers) since it was launched in 2014.
You may be aware that free museum Sundays were already a replacement for Italy’s Culture Week. Cancelling free Sundays may be a huge let down but the thing is, Italian museums have always found a way to let visitors in for free or at a very discounted price. What was once Culture Week may very well make a comeback, or museums can indeed respond to Mr. Bonisoli with other alternative ideas.
While they do that, we at From Home to Rome would like to put your minds at ease – you will hardly notice the change when free Sundays end at the end of the summer. Why, you may ask?
Until free Sundays are canceled, though, there is no reason to worry – enjoy your holidays as usual, or book your next stay in Rome knowing you will be able to enjoy for free many more landmarks, churches or monuments, regardless of the initiative.
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