The Festival of the Italian Republic on the 2nd June 2020 marked the long-awaited reopening of many of Italy's museums and galleries, which have been closed for the past three months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Major sights, such as the Colosseum, the Vatican Museums, the Ducal Palace of Mantua, the Royal Palace of Caserta, the Archaeological Museum of Naples and the Gallery of the Academy of Florence, with Michelangelo's David, are only a few of the treasures that are once more available, joining the list of celebrated attractions, like Pompeii, the Villa Borghese Gallery, Villa d'Este and Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli and the Gallery of the Academy at Venice, which have all opened during the past few days.
These will shortly be followed by others, like Castel Sant'Angelo, the Pantheon and the Gallery of the Academy of Brera in Milan.
Italy's museums, archaeological sites and galleries have suffered serious financial losses during the shutdown. Eike Schmitt, director of the Uffizi in Florence, reported losing 10 million euro in revenue during the enforced closure. He said, however, that the Uffizi had wide enough shoulders to carry the deficit. The real problem was for the 470 Italian state museums, many of which are not able unassisted to cover their costs. To meet the emergency, the Italian government is launching a special 55 billion euro national spending package to support the cultural sector.