The Italian Ministry of Culture has reintroduced the #DomenicaAlMuseo (Museum Sundays) initiative all over the country. State museums, as well as other participant institutions, open their doors on every first Sunday of the month, between October and March.
Most of the participants waive the entrance fees, but a few others apply highly reduced rates. As of this post’s publication, you still have the chance to take advantage of Museum Sundays on the following dates before the summer:
February 2, 2020, and
March 1, 2020.
Keep in mind that these do not replace other initiatives from each museum, with their own schedules for free or reduced dates. But this is a great opportunity to pull off a Museum Sunday at minimum cost.
MILAN | Milano
In total, 12 institutions take part in the initiative in Milan, with the ones which are generally regarded as top attractions of the city in bold:
- Museo Civico di Storia Naturale: Free on first Sunday of the month, as well as on first and third Tuesdays from 2pm.
- Casa Museo Boschi Di Stefano: Free, at all times.
- Museo del Risorgimento: Free, at all times.
- Acquario Civico: Free on first Sunday of the month as part of the Museum Sunday initiative, as well as on first and third Tuesdays from 2pm.
- Museo Studio Francesco Messina: Free, at all times.
- Galleria d’Arte Moderna: Reduced fee (€5 instead of €10) on first Sunday of the month, as well as on first and third Tuesdays from 2pm.
- Museo del Cenacolo Vinciano: a.k.a. Da Vinci’s The Last Supper. Free on first Sunday of the month as part of the Museum Sunday initiative. Reservation by phone (+39 02 92800360) is obligatory.
- Pinacoteca di Brera: Free on first Sunday of the month except for special exhibitions. Reduced fee (€3 instead of €12) on third Thursday evening, between 6pm and 10:15pm.
- Castello Sforzesco: Reduced fee (€5 instead of €10) on first Sunday of the month. Free on first and third Tuesdays from 2pm.
- Gallerie d’Italia: Free on first Sunday of the month.
- Museo Archeologico: Free on first Sunday of the month as part of the Museum Sunday initiative.
- Armani/Silos: Free on first Sunday of the month as part of the Museum Sunday initiative.
A Sunday Museum is perfect for winter. Just swap the lake for culture on this One Weekend in Milan itinerary.
ROME | Roma
There are 50+ participants in Rome, so it’s impossible to go over each like I have done for Milan above. Below a few that are absolute highlights:
- Parco Archeologico del Colosseo (Colosseo, Foro Romano e Palatino): Free on first Sunday of the month as part of the Museum Sunday initiative.
- Pantheon: Free, every day.
- Castel San Angelo: Free on first Sunday of the month as part of the Museum Sunday initiative.
- Galleria Borghese: Free on first Sunday of the month as part of the Museum Sunday initiative, as well as the last 3 visiting time slots (1pm, 3pm and 5pm) of every second Wednesday. Reservation by phone (+39 06 32810) or online (“purchase” at zero cost) is obligatory.
Click here for the full list by the Ministry of Culture. It’s linked to the Lazio region, but you have to scroll down to Roma.
Florence | Firenze
You’ll find 16 participants in Florence and the good news is that four of the absolutely must-visit spots are included:
- Villa Medicea della Petraia
- Parco di Villa Il Ventaglio
- Museo Nazionale del Bargello
- Villa Medicea di Cerreto Guidi e Museo Storico della Caccia e del Territorio
- Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Firenze
- Galleria dell’Accademia di Firenze, where you can see Michelangelo’s David.
- Cenacolo di Andrea del Sarto a San Salvi
- Museo delle Cappelle Medicee
- Giardino della Villa medicea di Castello
- Museo di Palazzo Davanzati
- Cenacolo del Fuligno
- Museo di Casa Martelli
- Chiesa e Museo di Orsanmichele
- Gallerie degli Uffizi – Gli Uffizi (incl. Gabinetto dei Disegni e delle Stampe)
- Gallerie degli Uffizi – Palazzo Pitti (incl. Galleria Palatina, Appartamenti Reali e Imperiali, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Tesoro dei Granduchi, Museo della Moda e del Costume)
- Gallerie degli Uffizi – Giardino di Boboli (incl. Museo delle Porcellane)
Turin | Torino
From the participants in Turin, the Royal Palace Complex is a must-visit, where you can easily spend the whole day.
- Villa della Regina
- Complesso Monumentale del Castello Ducale, del Giardino e Parco di Aglié
- Città Romana – Area archeologica di Industria
- Ecomuseo Sogno di Luce “Alessandro Cruto”
- Museo Archeologico di Caburrum e Abbazia di Santa Maria di Cavour
- Palazzo Carignano
- Abbazia di Fruttuaria
- Musei Reali di Torino (incl. Armeria Reale, Cappella della SS. Sindone, Galleria Sabauda, Museo di Antichità, Biblioteca Reale, Giardini Reali)
Disclaimer: The information above was verified in December 2019.
Were you able to take advantage of any #DomenicaAlMuseo? Where and when? Let me know about your experience in the comments!
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