Thursday, March 17, 2011

Free Museum Admission on Italy's Birthday

Today, while Ireland celebrates Saint Patrick (that nation's patron saint), Italy observes its 150th anniversary or, more precisely, 150 years of unification. Leaving aside the controversy this one-time holiday has provoked around Italy - from north to south - the good news for visitors is that many museums and historical sites will be open all day, from 8 or 9 in the morning until 10 (or later) tonight, and admission will be free. That's something to celebrate.

Shown: Antonello da Messina's Annunciation in Palazzo Abbatellis, Palermo's Regional Art Gallery in Via Alloro off Piazza Marina.

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