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Reader question: Has Italy’s ‘superbonus 110’ been scrapped?

The Italian government has announced sweeping changes to the country's popular building superbonus scheme, but does this mean funding is no longer available at all? Here's what you need to know.

Construction works on condo
Italy has scrapped the most convenient routes to claim superbonus funds, but not everyone will be affected. Photo by Pau BARRENA / AFP

Question: I’m currently renovating my Italian property and plan to use the ‘superbonus 110’ discount from the Italian government. I’ve read in a UK newspaper that Italy has just scrapped the superbonus. Is this true, and if so can I no longer claim it?

This is partially correct – you’re unlikely to be able to begin a new renovation project using the building ‘superbonus’ now, as Italy’s government has just made a major change to the scheme which makes it inaccessible to most people.

Until last week there were three ways of claiming the funding, but following a hastily-approved amendment on Thursday now there’s only one – via a tax deduction (detrazione fiscale), which is only available to those who pay higher rates of income tax (Irpef). This effectively means the superbonus is now only open to the highest-earning Italian taxpayers.

The first thing to know however is that the rule change does not apply retroactively to projects which are already underway.

EXPLAINED: How Italy has changed its building superbonus – again

So you should be able to continue if you’ve already begun your claim for the superbonus under any of the three routes previously available: trading tax credit (cessione del credito), choosing to receive a discount on the invoice (sconto in fattura), or deduction from future income tax bills (detrazione fiscale). You can read a more detailed explanation of how this works here.

However this will depend on exactly what stage you are at with your claim. A qualified geometra (surveyor) or the building firm overseeing your renovation project should be able to confirm whether and how this could change anything in your situation.

So while the superbonus hasn’t been scrapped entirely, it is now so tightly restricted that new claims will be impossible for most.

Builder carrying out renovation work

After undergoing major changes in early January, Italy’s superbonus has been re-modelled once again. Photo by Milivoj Kuhar on Unsplash

There have already been various other recent changes to and problems with the superbonus scheme which stopped many homeowners from either making new claims or completing existing projects in recent months.

The availability of the superbonus was limited from the end of 2022 when long-planned changes came into effect preventing many people who had previously been eligible from claiming, including second-home owners. The maximum amount of funding available was also cut from 110 percent to 90 percent at this point, effectively turning it into the ‘superbonus 90’

While these generous amounts of state funding understandably drew international media attention, in reality many homeowners in Italy using the superbonus found that the maximum amount of funding was only available in rare cases – usually to those paying the highest rates of tax – and everyone else would be more likely to get a deduction of between 50-70 percent.

Still not a deal to be sniffed at, the superbonus proved immensely popular – so popular in fact that it resulted in a building boom leading to a nationwide shortage of building companies available to carry out the work. This plus a shortage of building supplies, which was further exacerbated by the war in Ukraine, meant the cost of labour and materials soared – making many projects unviable even with the hefty rebates.

READ ALSO: How Italy’s building bonuses are delaying the renovation of cheap homes

These shortages also resulted in major delays to many projects, as did another rule change which made it harder for building companies to obtain the credit they needed to begin work. This blocked credit transfers causing delays to projects and uncertainty which, readers tell us, meant they had to cancel their plans or in some cases has not yet been resolved.

So while it was technically available, many people found themselves unable to actually use the building superbonus in 2022.

But if you already have a claim underway, the latest government rule change looks unlikely to cause any further problems on top of those already faced by homeowners.

Please note that The Local cannot advise on individual cases. For more information on claiming Italy’s building bonuses, homeowners are advised to consult a qualified Italian building surveyor or independent financial advisor.

See more in our Italian property section.

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REVEALED: How much more will Italian museums cost this summer?

Many of Italy’s famous museums and attractions have hiked their ticket prices by ten percent or more since last summer - and further price increases are on the way. Here’s why and how much the cost has risen.

REVEALED: How much more will Italian museums cost this summer?

Italy is loved for many things, including its invaluable artistic patrimony.

But, as the country continues to grapple with rising inflation, people planning to spend their holidays in the peninsula may find things are particularly pricey this year.

READ ALSO: What to expect when travelling to Italy in summer 2023

Next to a long list of summer staples, including artisanal gelato, and beach rental services, even museums and galleries have been affected by price hikes. 

The cost of admission to the 15 most-visited museums across Italy had risen by ten percent on average year-on-year as of March 2023, according to a study by consumer group Altroconsumo.

The single biggest increase was recorded in Naples as tickets to the Palazzo Reale went from six euros to ten, marking a 67-percent price increase against 2022. But notable price upticks were seen in all major Italian cities. 

Peak-season admission to Florence’s Uffizi galleries was bumped up from 20 to 25 euros last March in a highly controversial move, while tickets to Venice’s Palazzo Ducale – already among the priciest in Europe – went from 25 to 30 euros.

Uffizi galleries in Florence

The price of a single ticket to Florence’s Uffizi galleries went up from 20 to 25 euros last March. Photo by Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP

Admission to Turin’s popular Egyptian Museum also saw a price increase earlier this year as tickets went from 15 euros to 18 for a 20-percent increase. 

Finally, even the capital, Rome, wasn’t exempt from the so-called caro cultura (or ‘culture hike’) as the cost of pre-booked visits (prevendite) to the Vatican Museums increased by one euro for a total of 22.

Tickets to the Colosseum’s Archaeological Park are currently the same price as last year, though, quite tellingly, they are now one third more expensive than they were in 2019 (from 12 euros to the present 16).

Further increase on the horizon

On top of any individual price increase, tickets to all of Italy’s state-run museums will collectively go up by one euro from June 15th to September 15th.

The move is part of a two-billion-euro aid package for the northeastern Emilia Romagna region, with the temporary hike’s proceeds all meant to go towards the restoration of museums, libraries and monuments damaged by flooding.

READ ALSO: What you need to know about Italy’s free museum Sundays

Rome's Pantheon

Rome’s Pantheon, which can currently be accessed free of charge, will soon start charging entry fees. Photo by Vincenzo PINTO / AFP

But further price increases could be on the cards. Italian Culture Minister Gennaro Sangiuliano has repeatedly said he thinks the country’s world-famous historic sites should charge more for entry – and heavily criticised monuments opening their doors free of charge, saying he’d like to bring in entry fees.

To begin with, Rome’s Pantheon is set to soon charge for admission, though visits to the ancient Roman temple will remain free for city residents.

There are no details yet about when exactly the Pantheon will begin charging for tickets, but the change could pave the way for the introduction of entry fees for other ‘free’ attractions around the country.