Travelers to Rome, please take note: The city’s museums, including the Borghese Gallery, Castel Sant’Angelo, and Palazzo Barberini, are expected to start closing on Sundays and holidays.
The announcement, which was made last week, directly results from the problems of Italy’s economy and the cuts that have been made to the Ministry of Culture and Heritage. The department, which is in charge of running Rome’s museums and momuments, has a hiring freeze in place. With the resulting staff shortage, there no longer are enough employees to open the museums daily.
Currently, there is no plan to close the Colosseum, Forum and Palatine Hill on Sundays and holidays, except for Jan. 1, May 1., and Dec. 25, as before. However, the Colosseum’s underground and top tier are still experiencing some last-minute closures due to the lack of personnel. If any of this changes, we’ll let you know in another blog post.