Age can be a blessing, too. Keith Eagles of Tewkesbury writes: 'While recently holidaying in Sorrento, my wife and I visited Pompeii and discovered any British (or presumably EU) visitor under 18 or over 65 was able to enter the ruins free. Sadly, neither I nor my wife qualify, so we had to pay the 10,000 lire ( pounds 4) admission fee.' And according to Valerie Levens of Liverpool: 'The Venice Accademia has had senior citizen concessions since 1991.' But when I visited the Florence Accademia (home of Michelangelo's David) a fortnight ago, it was making no allowances to anyone. The signs say: 'All concessions ended in 1991.'