2015: the year of records for Italy’s museums

December 14, 2015

According to the latest reports, 2015 marks a very important record for Italy’s museums: in the first 11 months of the year, the visitor numbers have exceeded the former record of 40 million set in 2014.

Italian Culture Minister Dario Franceschini is satisfied and states: “There is a marked positive trend in visitor numbers”.

The secret? The offer of free museum access on Sundays throughout the country. But - pay attention - even the number of paying visitors (and therefore the museums’ income) has increased, so Minister Franceschini is probably right.

It has to be pointed out that a recent reform of the museum systems in Italy has included extended opening hours: is the Belpaese finally investing in culture (its richest heritage) again? The answer is yes: a lot of work has been made in boosting personnel in cultural institution, with openings for 500 new positions for archeologists and librarians already advertised for 2016, and 20 new directors for leading museums in the sole month of August.

Culture, history, architecture in Italy are always been and will always be a winning horse, and the results - it appears - are already blooming. Especially because Italy is literally sprinkled with museums and ancient sites: the Uffizi galleries in Florence, the Coliseum in Rome, the excavations in Pompeii are only the tip of the iceberg.

Among the most visited museums and sites in Italy there are: the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan, the Archeological Museum in Venice, the Grotta Azzurra in Anacapri, the Cappelle Medicee in Florence, the National Archeological Museum in Naples, Palazzo Pitti in Florence, the Cenacolo Vinciano in Milan, Galleria Borghese in Rome.

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