How annoying is the “no photo” sign? Forget about it next time you enter a state-run museum, monument or archaeological area in Rome (and the rest of Italy). From July 1 this prohibition is abolished, freedom!
The new culture minister has just changed many rules concerning tariffs, opening hours and other aspects of our heritage enjoyment but this is what we wanted to begin with. An original start compared to how the other media news reported about this revolution, but we actually think this is the most important.
With so much beauty around, what was the sense of preventing people from all over the world from admiring the Roman heritage via pictures taken by visitors?
Let’s go back the standard presentation of minister Dario Franceschini’s revolution.
The first Sunday of the month all state-run museums, monuments and archaeological areas will be free of charge. Quite a revolution for a city like Rome which had no regular free admission days. We’re sure you’ll all like it and probably schedule your art and culture visits accordingly. So don’t forget that next Sunday, July 6, you can enjoy for free Rome’s (and Italy’s – say Uffizi Gallery or Pompei site) landmarks.
And how many of you enjoy art and archaeology late at night? Well, good news for you, too! Every Friday major landmarks, including the Colosseum, will be open until 10pm starting from next Friday, July 4.
People love Museums at night. The last edition featured endless queues and we know it well since we were there more than once! This event will no longer be on an annual basis. From July 1 there will be at least two Nights at the museum every year at the price of 1€.
The ticketing policy has also changed. Considered that one third of museum visitors didn’t have to pay any fee, the minister has decided to extend the range of paying visitors. Therefore, no more free tickets for over 65 people and reductions only for those whose age is 18-25 (continues to be free for under 18).
Another important chapter is the maintenance of our huge heritage. Very expensive, with little public money available. But some private subjects, Italian and foreigner, are interested in restoring our sites. This is why Franceschini’s Art bonus was well received. The donation incentive scheme will entail a 65% tax credit. We hope it will soon persuade some generous art lovers to help finance the much-needed Domus Aurea works.
Finally a short list of state-run landmarks in Rome and surroundings. We need to specify that because not all public archaeological areas, monuments and museums belong to Italy’s central government and don’t forget that the Vatican is a separate, independent state with its own internal set of rules. City-owned patrimony keeps applying local norms, tariffs and opening times that change city by city.
State landmarks in Rome:
Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine
National Gallery of Modern Art
State landmarks near Rome:
Archeological Site of Ostia Antica
Etruscan Tombs of Tarquinia and Cerveteri