What
we do

Since 1975, FAI - Fondo Ambiente Italiano, The National Trust for Italy, restores and takes care of special places in Italy so that present and future generations from all over the world may enjoy a priceless legacy.

We collect and recall here the stories of special places

Everyday we work to preserve our past, with our attention focused on the future. We use the latest technology and rely on leading specialists whose outstanding skills support our valuable work.

Big restoration works are underway to rescue a thousand-year-old relic of the history and tradition of Salento; and a spit of land jutting into the sea within the National Park of the Cinque Terre.

Among the many:

Abbazia di Santa Maria di Cerrate (Lecce) - Carved in the 11th century in white Lecce stone, precious vestige of the Pugliese Romanesque style
Podere Case Lovara a Punta Mesco (La Spezia) - A farm in the Cinque Terre Park, facing an expanse of sea and reachable only on foot via the path between Levanto and Monterosso

Moored since 1961 at Ossuccio, between the western shore of Lake Como and the Comacina Island, the Velarca was designed by the BBPR studio to provide a holiday home and a meeting place for the intellectuals who used to visit the Lake.
The history of Italian design in the 60’s and the centenary of the Larian (pertaining to the Lombard region of Lario) cultural tradition are blended here in one of Lake Como’s most distinctive settings.
The Velarca was donated to FAI in July 2011 by Professor Aldo Norsa and his wife Maria Luisa.

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