Rome’s Pantheon will charge an entrance fee

Vacationers in Rome trying out the Pantheon, Italy’s most-visited cultural web site, will quickly be charged a 5-euro ($5.28) entrance charge beneath an settlement signed Thursday by Italian tradition and church officers.

Tradition Minister Gennaro Sangiuliano stated the transfer was a matter of “good sense.” The introduction of an entrance charge comes 5 years after a earlier authorities shelved plans to begin charging guests 2 euros.

Proceeds can be cut up, with the tradition ministry receiving 70% and the Rome diocese 30%, officers stated.

The monumental domed construction, initially an historic Roman temple, attracts thousands and thousands of holiday makers annually. It was remodeled right into a church in 609, referred to as the Basilica of St. Mary and the Martyrs, and Mass is often celebrated there.

Underneath the brand new plan, guests beneath 25 years of age can be charged 2 euros. Entrance can be free to Rome residents, minors, individuals attending Mass and personnel of the basilica, amongst others.

No date was given for the introduction of the charge, as officers work out technical particulars. At present, entrance is free and reservations are required on weekends and public holidays.