FAI day to rediscover our country
FAI day to rediscover our country, and you can visit 150 Italian locations and 200 places on the Italian beauties. The association FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano) is responsible for promoting and protecting the extraordinary beauty of Italy, its monuments, landscapes, works of art and archaeological sites. Today there are 64 assets saved by FAI. The sites were visited in 2018 by 850,000 people. The association has over 7,500 volunteers in all regions of Italy. 27 editions of the FAI Spring Days have given over 11 million people the opportunity to discover places normally closed to the public.
This year’s FAI Day was slightly different from the one held in previous years in terms of the safety regulations to be respected. The pandemic is still ongoing, so be careful to respect social distancing even when visiting the sites.
Among the beautiful sites that you can visit this year are the Gardens of Palazzo Moroni in Bergamo. In total there are four hectares of gardens to visit in the upper part of the city, with breathtaking views. The FAI has decided to dedicate these days to the city of Bergamo, queklla that suffered the most for the Covid-19 and there were many human losses. In this beautiful city in northern Italy until a few months ago was fighting a horrible battle against an invisible enemy. Today instead two months later it is possible to visit the wonderful gardens.
The Italian sites
Other beautiful sites to visit during the FAI day are for example the Borsacchio Nature Reserve in Roseto degli Abruzzi. Thanks to many volunteers this piece of land has become an uncontaminated coast. Consisting of dunes, this piece of coast will drive you crazy. Also not to be missed is the Orangery and the Semenzaio di San Sisto Vecchio in Rome. These were in the 1800s the area where plants were cultivated for the public greenery of Rome. Including the azaleas of Trinità dei Monti, between tree-lined avenues, greenhouses and a neo-Gothic orangery, in an unknown corner of urban greenery between the Celio and the Baths of Caracalla.
While moving to Lake Como you can visit the Villa del Balbianello. The eighteenth-century garden houses artfully modelled plant species. The art of pruning or ars topiaria, with constant care, great skill and infinite patience. So nature manages to transform itself into sculptures and take on unnatural, artificial and daring forms. In addition there is Villa Panza famous for its “green architecture”. This beautiful villa is located in the province of Varese. The gardens are in French style, and is located on a hill with a beautiful view.
Finally in Umbria you can visit the Bosco di San Francesco in Assisi. Sixty hectares of typical Umbrian landscape, a path through the woods, which starts from the Basilica of St. Francis. In this place you will also have a more spiritual journey, so you will not only admire the beauty of this wood.