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New Rules at Italian State Museums

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As of July 1st, new rules are being applied to visits of Italy’s state museums, such as the Uffizi in Florence.

One significant change is that on the every first Sunday of the month state museums will be free for everyone as part of the initiative “Sunday at the Museum.“ While this is fantastic news in making museums accessible to all, expect the museums to be crowded on those first Sundays!

Also, free tickets will now only be available for those under 18 years old and reduced tickets for those under 25 years old. This means that those over 65 years old will have to pay to enter Italian state museums.

Another change, according to a blog post at the Uffizi website, is that “as part of the Ministerial decree signed and announced yesterday is that there will be two annual ‘Nights at the Museum’ every calendar year, where entrance only costs a euro (as it did in this last edition in May) and opening times extend late into the night while all major museums, including the Uffizi Gallery, will have extended opening times until 10pm every single Friday evening.”

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