By Costanza Beltrami

Well done Italian Museums! Recently-published institutional data has revealed that 43 million visitors enjoyed Italy’s art collections in 2015. As noted by the Italian culture minister Dario Franceschini, this is the country’s best ever result, and an impressive feat for its cultural institutions, which have recorded a 6% growth over last year’s figures.

The top ten most visited attractions of 2015 were: 

1. Colosseo, Rome (6.551.046 visitors, + 6% over 2014 figures)  

2) Pompeii Archaeological Site, Campania (2.934.010 visitors, +12%)

3) Uffizi Museum, Florence (1.971.596 visitors, +2%)   

4) Accademia Galleries, Florence (1.415.397 visitors, +6%)  

5) Castel S. Angelo, Rome (1.047.326 visitors, +2,5%)

6) Boboli Gardens and Medici Treasury, Florence (863.535 visitors, +5%)  

7) Egyptian Museum, Turin (757.961 visitors, a striking growth of +33% encouraged by the completion of a five-year restoration project)  

8) Royal Palace of Venaria, Piedmont (555.307visitors, +6,5%)  

9) Borghese Gallery, Rome (506.442 visitors, like 2014)  

10) Palace of Caserta, Campania (497.158, +16%) 

Source: Il Sole 24 Ore, La Stampa.

View of the Colosseo, Rome.

A Roman street in Pompeii.

Corridor in the Uffizi Museum, Florence.

Michelangelo’s David at the Accademia Galleries, Florence.

View of Castel S. Angelo, Rome.

The Fountain of Neptune, Boboli Gardens, Florence.

A Sphinx in the Gallery of Monumental Statues, Egyptian Museum, Turin.

View of the Royal Palace of Venaria.

View of the Borghese Gallery, Rome.

View of the Palace of Caserta.

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