After last week’s devastating earthquake, Italian authorities are looking at how to pay for the rebuilding work.
Museums across the country have promised to donate takings from Sunday’s ticket sales to quake-affected areas.
The culture ministry called on Italians to visit archaeological sites and museums to help support the locals.
Some villages in central Italy lies almost completely in ruins with local cemetery having coffins clearly visible from cracked tombs.
“The old part of the Sant’Angelo village cemetery, where we are right now, is almost completely destroyed. You can see that the graveyard and the Church of Madonna di Galloro are practically razed to the ground,” said Mario Feliziani, President of a local cultural association.
Emergency workers were applauded by locals as they pulled a historic statue from the rubble of the cemetery.
“In this situation, it is very tragic for us because we have lost everything. This Madonna statue is giving us a hope, for sure. We hope for the best,” said Franco Paoletti, local resident.
Some two hundred and ninety people lost their lives in the earthquake. Italy’s culture ministry says about the same number of buildings have been damaged in a 20 kilometre radius from the quake zone.