13-14 Oct. FAI offers guided tours of unusual and rarely-opened historic sites across Italy.
The annual Giornate FAI d'Autunno (Autumn Days) initiative opens the doors to more than 650 historic and cultural buildings in Milan and across Italy over the weekend of 13-14 October.
This year the Milan events include visits to the 1906 pumping station supplying the city with tap water, the Palazzina Appiani, built in 1807 to resemble a Roman amphitheatre, and Villa Necchi Campiglio (pictured), an architectural jewel in one of Milan’s quietest areas, its garden shaded by giant magnolias.
The guided tours, conducted by around 3,500 Fondo Ambiente Italia (FAI) volunteers, are free but visitors are encouraged to make a minimum donation of €3.
Similar to Britain’s National Trust, FAI works to preserve and highlight Italy’s cultural heritage through education, restoration, events and open days.
For details and full list of places to visit see the FAI website.