A byword for beauty, Italy is home to more UNESCO heritage sites than any other country on earth, and boasts among the most varied landscapes anywhere.


Since its foundation in 1975, FAI – Fondo Ambiente Italiano (the National Trust for Italy) takes care of special places in Italy so that present and future generations from all over the world may enjoy a priceless legacy; it promotes a culture of respect for Italy’s natural heritage, art, history and traditions protecting a unique heritage that belongs to all of humanity; it monitors the protection of Italy’s natural and cultural assets, in the spirit of Article 9 of the Italian Constitution.

Today, FAI manages over 60 sites acquired by donation or bequest or granted by State or local authorities on a concession-basis; it opens them to the public, welcoming almost a million visitors a year, bringing them back to life by organizing events and exhibitions. It operates thanks to the generosity of its more than 200,000 members and generous donors and over 500 companies each year. It promotes educational projects and organizes national campaigns inviting the public to discover and appreciate Italy’s immense cultural heritage, at times unknown, inaccessible or forgotten.

FAI has always drawn inspiration from the National Trust of England Wales and Norther Ireland and is a member of INTO – The International National Trusts Organisation.

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