From October to March, all state museums and archeological areas in Italy are free to enter on the first Sunday of the month.
The successful initiative, introduced in 2014 by Italy’s Culture Ministry (MIBACT), returned on Sunday, October 6, and will be in place until March 2020.
Dubbed ‘Domenica al museo’ (Sunday at the museum), the move has seen 15 million visitors enter museums for free since it was launched in 2014, according to the MIBACT website, which has a list of all sites free to enter divided by region.
The Culture Ministry said that visitor numbers would be capped for some sites, reports Italy’s news agency ANSA.
If the culture program remains the same with the newly formed 5-Star-Democratic Party government, each museum will also be able to decide independently whether to offer additional free entry days throughout the year, in addition to free museum Sundays.
Here are the dates you can visit Italy’s state museums for free:
• Sunday 3 November 2019
• Sunday 1 December 2019
• Sunday 5 January 2020
• Sunday 2 February 2020
• Sunday 1 March 2020
In Rome, popular museums and archeological areas you can enter for free under this initiative include:
- The Archeological Park of the Colosseum and Roman Forum
- Castel Sant'Angelo
- Galleria Borghese
- Baths of Caracalla
- Galleria dell'Accademia
- Gallerie dell'Accademia
- Cenacolo Vinciano
- Pinacoteca di Brera
You may follow @museitaliani and @mibac on social media and share your photos by using the following hashtags #IoVadoAlMuseo and #Domenicalmuseo.
To check if a specific museum offers free entry on the first Sunday of the month, or which museums in a specific city are free, check the Culture Ministry’s 'Io vado al museo' website.