#DOMENICALMUSEO is the name of that super initiative that allows everyone to visit Italian state museums for free on the first Sunday of every month. We love freebies and culture hence already have checked all of the items nearby out and if we happen to be someplace else in Italy that day, we will surely not miss one of the sites that can be visited.
This opportunity was extremely useful for us while our daughter was so small that going to a museum was only a risk and most probably she would start crying for food/drink/toy/better company after like twenty minutes. At least we did not have to worry about throwing money out of the window. By now as she grew big ( age 7) she is so used to it that loves going visiting. And we kept the habit of going to museums for free.
There are 430 museums, archeological sites and other monuments open for the public for free. You can take a list of all the participating sites on the webpage of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage by clicking here.
You will have the opportunity to visit the Grotta Azzurra (Blue Cave) on the island of Capri, the Brera gallery in Milan or the Uffizi in Florence. Don’t be naive: you won’t be the only one having the genius idea of going museum hopping this day, therefore be prepared for standing in the queue. (Obvioulsy this depends also on the period of the year). Seasonal exhibitions most probably won’t be free of charge and you can run into some limitations. For example the Pompeji archeological site can be visited according to a strict timetable, the Colosseum will let in a maximum of 3000 people at a time.
This can be a perfect possibility for visiting places otherwise you would not. Let’s go and have some culture as in Italy it is endless!
Did you know that the Vatican Museums have free entrance on the last Sunday of the month? Yes, they go against the flow, but at least it’s something.