FAI ‘Culture weekend’ starts

Many events around Milan.

The 23rd edition of the traditional “Spring days” of FAI, Italy’s environmental foundation, takes off this weekend 21-22 March with cultural initiatives all across the nation.

Churches, villas, villages, palaces, archaeological sites, castles, gardens, television studios and music archives are among the almost 800 places – many of which not normally open to the public – which will be thronged with visitors, thanks to staffing by over 25,000 FAI activists and volunteers.

A small number of sites will be open only to FAI members, including those who sign up for membership on the spot. At all the others, a voluntary contribution is requested, to be dedicated to the recovery, maintenance and preservation of the historical sites.

Antica canonica della Mitria Antica canonica della Mitria

Milan and the surrounding countryside are rich with some 140 environmental treats. In the city, visitors will be able to admire the Scuola Militare Teullè, the oldest Napoleonic institution still in existence, built in 1802. Another fascinating location is the Ricordi Historical Archive, one of the world’s largest private musical collections founded in 1808, which holds over 3,500 musical manuscripts from the 1700s to the early 1900s, as well as over 15,000 letters by composers and musicians, sketches, models, librettos and historical photographs.

Borgo del Maglio, Ome Borgo del Maglio, Ome

An interactive map on the FAI website provides details of the many places to visit in the city or within comfortable reach of a day trip.

Only in Naples, the Spring Days will take place on 28 and 29 March, to avoid a clash with the visit of Pope Francis to the city and Pompeii on 21 March.

See FAI website for more details