Friuli Venezia Giulia FAI delegation also takes part to FAI Spring Days 2021, opening to the public 25 places – some of which are little known in the region – in eight cities thanks to the cooperation of local associations, owners and municipalities: in Cormons (Gorizia), San Vito al Tagliamento (Pordenone), Duino-Aurisina (Trieste), Trieste, Cividale del Friuli (Udine), Osoppo (Udine), Rivignano Teor (Udine) and Udine.
Reservation is mandatory, in order to comply with all Covid-19 related safety rules. Places can be reserved online on the official website (click here), up to the preceding day of the visit. On reserving a visit, a minimal, symbolic contribution of 3 euro will be required in order to support all FAI's activities. Moreover, by submitting for FAI membership card, some extras will be available: in Friuli Venezia Giulia, the membership card will give the chance to visit two exclusive places such as the wine cellars at Tenuta di Angoris in Cormons, and the historic chemistry shop Antonio Colutta's museum in Udine.
FAI opening places in Friuli Venezia Giulia
Historical noble mansions, castles, gardens, churches, monasteries, private collections, parks, production sites... These are a few examples of what will open up to visitors during FAI Spring Days 2021. Here's a list of the 25 places open in FVG.
Tenuta di Angoris, its wine cellars and Villa Locatelli (for FAI members only)
A biking route up to Borgnano (Gorizia) with a visit to its caves
San Vito al Tagliamento:
First route: Santa Maria delle Grazie church and the historic mill in Prodolone
Second route: a walk around the city's ancient walls, visiting Altan Palace and Altan-Rota Palace, the ex drying-room Bozzoli and the art exhibit “Palinsesti”
Several routes to visit the “falesie” (cliffs), the caves and the local quarries, by stopping also at several marble workers' and sculptors' labs: Tecnomarmi, Andrea Mervic, Marmi Cortese, Caharija, Gramar Marmi, Cava Romana s.p.a.
Trieste: Parco di San Giovanni – Saint John's Park
Cividale del Friuli:
San Giorgio in Vado monastery
Studio Vellum Opificium – Civitas Austriae, a centre for studies in medieval arts such as miniatures, calligraphy, book-binding
Osoppo: “Daniele Flaugnatti” botanical garden
Rivignano Teor: Villa Ottelio Savorgnan, one of FAI FVG heart's places (Luoghi del cuore)
A visit to the ex S.A.F.A.U. Area, a former steel plant and an example of industrial archaeology
Historic chemistry shop Antonio Colutta's museum (for FAI members only)
The non-profit organization FAI Fondo Ambiente Italiano – Italian Environment Found was born in 1977 with the intention to follow the lead of the English National Trust, and to protect places of historical and natural relevance. That same year the first donation came in: Cala Junco, a beautiful tiny bay in the Eolie Islands, off Sicily. Then followed other donations and purchases of places of interest, like the Monastery in Torba (near Varese, Lumbardy) which was also the first to be entirely restored by FAI.
The very first Spring Days, opening stunning private properties usually not available for the public to visit, were in 1993: for the first time, 90 places were open in 32 cities along Italy. A huge success: so far, they count more than 10,6 millions visitors, involving 123,000 volunteers serving as guides. In 2003 FAI first launched its campaign “I luoghi del cuore” (heart's special places), inviting Italians to vote for places that needed to be safeguarded: collecting at first about 24,000 votes, it then went along so well in the years to come that, in 2016, the campaign gathered 1,5 millions votes.
FAI now counts more than 213,000 members and 335 local delegations all over the country, and an impressive number of historical and natural places preserved over 40 years: 72,000 square mt of historical assets, 6,746,000 square mt of natural landscapes and sites, having raised 132 millions euros that have been invested into restorations.
All photos by courtesy of FAI FVG press office