FAI Marathon promotes Italian culture

Cultural marathon takes place across Italy

The second edition of the FAI Marathon takes place across Italy on Sunday 13 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 there are more than 90 cities participating in the event designed to promote the protection of Italy's artistic and cultural heritage, and supporting the activities of the Foundation. Described as "the only marathon that is run with the eyes", the non-competitive walk 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 in support of the fundraising campaign "Remember to save Italy", active until 27 October, and 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.

There are 2,000 FAI volunteers involved in the initiative which is suitable for all ages and last year saw the participation of more than 25,000 attendees. In Rome the two-hour walk leaves from Via di Ripetta (to the left of the church of S. Rocco), with staggered departures from 10.00 until 15.30.

In Milan the 2.5-hour walk departs from Palazzo di Brera, Via Brera 28, 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, a free entry ticket into one FAI-affiliated venue and a sticker in support of the Remember to save Italy campaign.

Everyone that completes the course, which will be held regardless of bad weather, will receive an original magnet collection. To take part in the marathon an adult minimum contribution starts at €6 (or €5 for FAI members); minimum contribution of €10 for couples or families (€8 for FAI members); 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.