Under-25 visitors to Italy's museums to pay €2 entry fee from 2019.
Italy's culture minister Alberto Bonisoli has announced a plan for 20 days of free admission to state museums and archaeological sites, including a free museum week in March and €2 tickets for museum visitors aged under 25, as part of major changes to be introduced in 2019.
Bonisoli has also reduced Domenica al Museo, the free entry scheme to Italy's museums on the first Sunday of each month, which will now be in operation in the off-season from October to March. The minister had previously announced his intention to scrap the popular initiative entirely after this summer.
The first edition of the Settimana di Cultura in March 2019 will comprise six days in a row of free admission to museums and archaeological sites, according to Bonisoli's announcement on his Facebook page on 13 September. Museum managers will have an additional eight days of free entry available, to be used at their discretion. The package of free days can even be extended, on request, with the further option of introducing specific time slots allowing free entry.
In addition museums will remain free for those under 18 while young people aged between 18 and 25 will be pay the new reduced rate of €2 to enter museums and archaeological sites. Bonsoli said that the raft of new measures, which will be introduced in March, are aimed at encouraging a "hunger for culture among young people" and that there would now be "more free entry [to museums] compared to the past."