21st FAI Spring open door visits

Once again this year, the FAI – Italian Fund for the Environment – has organised a nationwide Spring open-door event, with visits to hundreds of churches, picturesque villages, palazzi, villas, archaeological sites and more, many of which are not ordinarily accessible to the public.
 
For two days, on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 March, visitors will be encouraged to discover some of Italy’s finest examples of architecture, environmental planning and art, at the price of a free donation.  Over the years, say FAI, almost seven million people have taken part in these extraordinary events.
 
In Milan, the places on the list include the splendid neoclassical Palazzo Serbelloni, the San Fedele church of 1569, the main Sinagogue with its 23 windows created by New York artist Roger Selden, the fascinating shunting yards and locomotive repair workshops of the Ferrovie dello Stato, the monumental Palazzo dell’Informazione, fine example of architecture of the Fascist era, and the Cavallerizza cavalry training arena known as the “Cavallerizza Radetzky”.  These last three are among the places not normally open to the public.
 
There are also scores of other places to visit around Lombardy – an opprtunity for a trip out of town to discover the treasures, many of them hidden, of Italy’s environmental heritage.  Many of the locations will offer guided visits in English and other languages; pre-booking is necessary for taking part in a guided tour.
 
Full details of all the places open for the Spring open door initiative are available on the FAI website.

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