The new 5-euro fee to get into the Pantheon is causing confusion and fears that the system could be abused.
The lines to get into the site — one of Rome’s most famous ancient attractions — are now slower than ever, and some tourists are complaining. This means the plan to bring in more tourism dollars could backfire.
The Italian Culture Ministry introduced an entrance ticket fee in July to help maintain the most popular cultural site in Italy, with about 9 million visitors a year.
But the new fee has been accompanied by stumbling blocks because some people had already booked tours that presumably also included the entry fee.