FAI Marathon promotes Italian culture

Cultural marathon takes place across Italy The third edition of the FAI Marathon takes place across Italy on Sunday 12 October.

Similar to Britain’s National Trust, the Fondo Ambiente Italia (FAI) works to preserve and highlight Italy’s cultural heritage through education, restoration, events and open days. Marathon organisers say the event is designed to promote the protection of Italy's artistic and cultural heritage, and support the activities of the foundation.

This year there are more than 120 cities participating in the initiative, an increase of 30 from last year. Described as "the only marathon that is run with the eyes", the non-competitive walk is suitable for all ages and follows urban and suburban cultural itineraries involving over 1,000 locations throughout Italy such as palaces, churches, squares, theatres, historic shops and gardens.

This "cultural marathon" is intended to allow participants to rediscover elements of Italy's patrimony that too often go unnoticed in the hustle and bustle of modern life.

In Milan the focus is on "visible and invisible" spaces, including Palazzo Beccaria, Teatro della Canobbiana, Casa dei Grifi, Teatro Lirico and the Biblioteca Ambrosiana. Walks depart from the Verziere, with staggered departures from 10.00 until 17.00.

In Rome the emphasis this year is on the role played by the Tiber in the city's history. The guided walks leave from the Isola Tiberina, with staggered departures from 10.00 until 16.00.

Registrations can be made online or at FAI stands directly before departure on 13 October. It is also possible to download a special smartphone app containing information including routes, venues and departure times. All participants will receive a kit which includes a backpack, bib, itinerary and a free entry ticket into one FAI-affiliated venue.

To take part in the marathon it costs €4 to register online or €10 to register in person; while it is free to those who renew or subscribe to FAI on the day. For full information about the FAI marathon routes and cities involved visit the FAI website.

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