Rome, May 3 (IANS): Most of Italy‘s nearly 4,000 museums are set to reopen this month, several weeks after they closed at the start of the national coronavirus lockdown on March 10. But for most tourists, seeing some of the world’s greatest cultural treasures will require a virtual tour.
Last week, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced a stage-by-stage easing of national lockdown rules. The first part of the so-called “Phase Two” starts on Monday, allowing parks, factories, and building sites to reopen, reports Xinhua news agency.
Initially, the number of visits is expected to be small.
Additionally, social distancing rules will also reduce the number of visitors.
In Rome, the full exhibit to mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Renaissance master Raphael, will most likely end up shortened to just 15 days, since most of the works loaned to it must be returned.
The Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan had a well-developed virtual presence even before the lockdown. But the museum‘s director, James Bradburne, said in an interview that after the museum closed he had staffers working from home focused on further improving the museum‘s high-definition digital presence.
Dozens of other Italian museums and cultural sites — ranging from the Uffizi in Florence and the Museum of Modern Art in Bologna to the Palazzo Ducale in Venice and the Colosseum in Rome — have taken similar steps.