Visitors wishing to take photos or video in Milan’s Duomo will now have to pay a €2 fee.
The rule was introduced by the Veneranda Fabbrica, the vestry board established in 1387 for the design, construction and upkeep of the world-famous cathedral, to help defray rising maintenance and restoration costs. After a three-month experimental period, the Fabbrica will decide whether to continue to make the charge.
Visitors paying the fee will be given a red wristband valid for that day only, and may then take pictures or video strictly for personal use, and not for publication, study or profit, and not using a flash. An exception is made for groups that have been regularly booked and supplied with microphone and headset systems, who need not buy the wristband.
While entry to the Duomo remains free, fees are charged for accessing the roof terrace, with its stunning views over the city: €12 for a ride up in the lift, or €7 for those hardy enough to face the 257 steps on foot. Viewing the cathedral treasure costs €2, while a visit to the archaeological area of of the Baptistry of San Giovanni alle Fonti costs €4. Combination tickets for all of these areas are also available. And visits can be booked in advance on the Duomo website.
This new fee comes just three months after the “Adopt a Gargoyle” initiative, planned to help meet the €25 million costs of restoring the urgent structural work needed before the opening of the 2015 Expo.