FAI Spring Open Days across Italy

Noted Italian buildings and sites open on 22 and 23 March

Some 750 libraries, stately homes, archaeological sites and religious buildings all over Italy are open to the public free of charge on 22 and 23 March, for the 22nd annual spring open day organised by the Fondo Ambiente Italiano (FAI).

Many of the sites participating in the Giornate FAI di Primavera initiative are not normally accessible to the public. A few of the sites are available only to FAI members; it is possible to sign up on the website.
 
In Milan, the places to visit include the Chiaravalle Abbey, founded in 1135; the offices of Corriere della Sera, Italy’s leading daily; Palazzo Mezzanotte, home to the Stock Exchange; and Palazzo Lombardia, the newskyscraper seat of the region's administration.
 
Among the many other sites within a day-trip from the city are the hydroelectric power-station at Trezzo sull’Adda; the villa and cascine in the Monza park; the Procaccini Castle in Chignolo Po, known as “the Versailles of Lombardy”; and the Grumello Castle in Montagna Valtellina.
 
The complete list of participating buildings and monuments, as well as their visiting times, can be seen on the FAI website, and there is an App available to download too.

Similar to Britain’s National Trust, FAI works to preserve and promote Italy’s cultural heritage through education, restoration and annual open days.

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