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What if we tell you that it is possible to visit some of the main attractions in Italy on the first Sunday of every month for free? And including the Colosseum and the Roman Forum!?

Free Museums in Italy

Yeah, that’s right, you can! The initiative “Domenica al Museu” (Sunday at the museum) was launched in 2014 by the Italian minister of culture in order to encourage people to consume more art and culture.

On the first Sunday of every month, there are hundreds of free entrance museums, palaces, gardens and state owned attractions all over Italy and you can simply turn up and get your ticket at the ticket office. You will probably face a large queue as, let’s us all agree that, Italy is one of the most tourist destinations in the world!

Free Museums in Italy

The “Domenica al Museu” includes the Coliseum, in Rome; the Galleria dell’a Accademia, in Venice; the Uffizi, in Florence and many more unmissable attractions. You can see the full list on the government website (unfortunately all in Italian though).

Our experience:
Free Museums in Italy

Parma National Gallery

This past Sunday, May 07th, was our first Sunday of the month in Italian soil and we head straight to the museums to check if there were no catches. To the great happiness of our economies, we spent the whole afternoon exploring the Pilotta Palace in Parma, without paying anything.

The place is beautiful and the tour includes the National Gallery of Parma, with arts from Leonardo Da Vinci and Giovanni Battista Pittoni, the Archaeological Museum and the astonishing Farnese Theatre, built in the XV century.

Free Museums in Italy

Leonardo da Vinci at Parma National Gallery

It was a great day and we are already planning the next first Sunday of the month to visit a nearby city and take advantage of the programme.

Other Italian government awesome initiatives to encourage culture are:
  • Buy one get one free ticket on Valentine’s Day, February 14th. Get more info in here!
  • Free entrance for all women on the International Woman Day, February 8th. Read more about it in here!