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My thanks to Frommer's author Donald Strachan (who's currently hard at work on a new Frommer's guidebook) for spotting this one.

Until now, non-European Union teens and children had to pay entrance fees at state-run museums. That changed on May 28th with a ministerial decree that these museums would now be open to all young people, no matter their nationality. Bravo!

Of course, not all the major museums of Italy are state-run. But the decree, which went into effect immediately, will cover admission fees at Florence's Uffizi Gallery and Accademia, the Colosseum in Rome and a number of other major institutions. Which means unexpected savings for families traveling to Italy this summer, and into the future.

To read Donald's complete article on the new ruling, click here.



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