The Uffizi art gallery in Florence said on Tuesday it was increasing its basic ticket price to cover spiralling energy costs.
During the high season from March 1 to November 30, standard admission to the world- famous collection of paintings and statues will cost 25 euros ($27), up from 20 currently.
The change was agreed “to cope with the increase in the costs in the energy and construction sector”, the Uffizi said in a statement.
However, early birds can get in for 19 euros before 8:55 am, while the price of other tickets — including low season and membership passes — remains unchanged.
Italian Culture Minister Gennaro Sangiuliano backed the price hike, saying it was fair.
Inflation in Italy rose to 8.1 percent last year, the highest level since 1985, fuelled by energy prices which were up 50.9 percent. ©AFP