Italy's association of historic houses ADSI (Associazione Dimore Storiche Italiane) provides a unique opportunity to visit some of the country's most important historic homes over the weekend of 9 and 10 June.
The Giornate Nazionali dell’ADSI initiative involves the opening of 130 palaces, villas, courtyards and gardens - otherwise closed to the public - across Italy. The openings take place in collaboration with the owners, whose important role as custodians is highlighted by ADSI.
There are almost 60 properties participating in Tuscany – Florence, Pisa, Lucca and Siena – while there are also events in Bologna, Naples, Sicily, in the Lazio region outside Rome, and in Milan there are 12 courtyards open in the Via Manzoni area of the city.
Currently celebrating its 35th anniversary, the non-profit organisation was founded in 1977 to help in the conservation, development and management of historic homes and to raise public awareness of Italy’s cultural heritage.