‘Americans can afford it’: will Italy’s tourist attractions become more expensive in 2023?

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Italy’s culture minister has proposed raising admission fees to the country’s famous landmarks because the “average American family” could afford it.

It comes after the Uffizi of Florence announced this week that it would raise high season ticket prices.

But the idea of ​​raising entry fees to cultural attractions has angered Italians.

So should you pay more to visit Italy’s iconic sights in 2023?

How much is the Uffizi ticket?

On Tuesday, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence announced that it is increasing the base price of the high season ticket.

The entrance fee has increased from €20 ($21.70) to €25 ($27.10) per person.

The renowned museum said the price increase was necessary to help offset rising energy and construction costs.

Visitors must pay peak season rates to see the celebrated collection of paintings and sculptures from March 1 to November 30.

Other ticket prices – including low season and membership passes – have not been increased.

Can you get discounted tickets to the Uffizi?

While the Uffizi collection is one of the most distinguished in the world, many visitors may struggle to afford the higher ticket price.

But if you get to the gallery before 8:55 AM, you can join the queue for cheaper early bird tickets.

These will cost you €19 ($26.60).

Will you have to pay more for Italy’s attractions in 2023?

During the announcement to raise ticket prices, Uffizi management stated that most single tickets were bought by foreign visitors.

Later, Italy’s culture minister, Gennaro Sangiuliano, told the press that he considered the Uffizi’s price increase fair and “in line with European standards”.

He also highlighted American tourists, who argued they could afford to spend more to visit Italy’s cultural sites.

“After all, the average American family coming to Italy spends $10 to $20 thousand because of the cost of flights and hotels,” he said.

“So paying €20 for a ticket to see a unique place like Pompeii is also possible.”

Sangiuliano’s interview with reporters spread across social media, sparking protests from Italian users.

“Italian public museums are for us, not for foreign tourists, Minister,” said one Twitter commenter, while another complained that cultural sites are “becoming resorts.”

Do you have to pay to visit the Pantheon?

Following his October appointment, Sangiuliano has also proposed reintroducing a controversial entrance fee to Rome’s Pantheon.

The plan would come with a €2 entry fee, an idea that was already suggested and vetoed back in 2018.

The ancient Roman building is currently free to visit, but the suggested entrance fee is still being discussed.

Sangiuliano claims that entrance fees in Italy are low compared to other European countries, citing the €14 ($15.20) entrance fee to visit Napoleon’s tomb in Paris or the €25 ($27.00) ticket. 10) for Westminster Abbey in London.