The Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence has announced a price increase to enter and view the musuem collections and especially its prize possession, Michelangelo's David. The Euro 8 was deemed ridiculous by the museum administration. It is. The new price is to be announced.
But there is a greater debate beyond a price increases for tourist sights here. Some feel raising entrance prices and reservation fees is a way to discourage the massive amount of visitors to Italy's key sights. The Uffizi has created a high season - low season pricing structure. Euro 20 + Euro 4 per reservations with 50% off for the months of November to February. Others believe it is a tactic which will not work. Better to charge a constant and adequate price to pay for additonal security, personnel and facilities to manage the ever mounting influx of tourists. The Cinque Terre is discussing charging a user tax for tourists who come to the towns and trails of the area. Ditto for Venice.
This debate will continue. 2017 tourist season has been stellar, even with the extreme heat and lack of water in certain areas of the country, i.e. Rome. If prices do go up, it normall y happens with the new year. Stay tuned in January 2018.
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