What’s New in Italy for 2016?

Travel expert Rick Steves dishes on what to expect across the country -- from renovation unveilings and special events to crowd size.

This article, written by Rick Steves, appears on The Seattle Times.

In Italy this year: expect tight security, long lines — and a newly restored Trevi Fountain.

Italy may be the cradle of the Renaissance, but lately it’s been feeling like a work in progress. Travelers in the last few seasons have been finding cultural treasures buried behind scaffolding or removed from view because of ambitious renovation schemes. The good news is that many of these projects are winding down. Here is the latest for traveling smart in Italy in 2016:

First, pack a little extra patience. Expect tight security at the big sights throughout Italy. Even with reservations or sightseeing passes in hand, crowds are basically unavoidable at major destinations in peak season. Crowding at state museums is now especially bad on the first Sunday of the month, when admission is free and reservations aren’t accepted. Avoid visits on free days to top museums like Florence’s Uffizi Gallery and Naples’ National Archaeological Museum. Read more at The Seattle Times.
Rick Steves writes European travel guidebooks and hosts travel shows on public television and public radio. His column runs weekly at seattletimes.com/travel.
You can find more Italian travel from Rick Steves on his www.ricksteves.com.
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