One of the most frequent accusations to the Italian Government is that of being unable to exploit the country’s enormous heritage.
The validity of this accusation was recently proven by data released by the Statistics Office of the Ministry of Culture.
According to such data, all the Italian museums together have lower earnings than the French Louvre. An appaling result blamed on mismanagement, bureaucracy (nearly all Italian museums are State-run), low budgets, lack of collateral commercial activities (shops, merchandising, cafes and restaurantes, etc.) and too many entitlements to free entries.
Moreover, after the devolution reforms enacted since the Nineties, Museum are under the supervision of a plethora of local Entities (Regions, Provinces, Municipalities, etc.), making difficult for the Ministry to establish and enforce national policies.