"I have fought all my life for beauty because it is the other way of telling the truth."
Giulia Maria Crespi
The Fai Autumn Days are back with a 2020 edition dedicated to Giulia Maria Crespi, founder and honorary President of Fai, passionate about art and environment, who recently passed away.
This year appointment doubles with the two unmissable weekends of 17 and 18 and 24 and 25 October: four days to safely visit the numerous artistic, architectural and naturalistic gems - usually closed to the public or still little known - and to rediscover the beauty of our country. The event is also an opportunity to support the mission of FAI, which since 1975 has been committed to protecting and promoting the Italian historical, artistic and landscape heritage.
On the first weekend (17 and 18 October) opening of three places of great charm: the Reale Accademia di Spagna (Spanish Royal Academy) - in the convent complex of San Pietro in Montorio with the 16th-century Tempietto del Bramante, one of the masterpieces of architecture Italian Baroque (reservations required, opening hours Saturday and Sunday 10 am-6pm with last admission 5pm); the Semenzaio Comunale di San Sisto Vecchio - the park between the western slopes of the Celio and the Baths of Caracalla, with its paths with plants from various parts of the world, the greenhouses and the orangery with a monumental neoclassical façade (reservations required, opening hours Saturday and Sunday 10-18 with last admission at 17); The Orto Monastico di San Paolo fuori le Mura (Monastic Garden of San Paolo Fuori le Mura) - heart of the ancient Benedictine Abbey where it is possible to discover the orto dei semplici (the Herb Garden), the spezieria monastica (the monastic dispensary), and the 13th-century Vassalletto's cloister (reservations required, opening hours Saturday and Sunday 9 am-6.30pm with last admission 5.15pm).
The days of 24 and 25 October continue in the name of Modern and Contemporary Eur district architecture, with the opening of Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana - also known as the "Square Colosseum", an icon of the 20th century and current headquarters of the Maison Fendi (reservations required, opening hours Saturday and Sunday 9.30-20 with last admission 19) - and La Nuvola - spectacular congress centre, designed by the architect Massimiliano Fuksas (reservations required, opening hours Saturday and Sunday 9-19 with last admission 17.50).
Outside the city, not to be missed the Parco Villa Gregoriana - the splendid park with lush vegetation, the second-highest waterfall in Italy, and a naturalistic area that frames ancient Roman architecture (17-18 and 24 -25 October), and the Cucinone di Palazzo Chigi di Ariccia - the original and still functioning kitchen, dating back to the works directed by Carlo Fontana between 1664 and 1672 (Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 October, hours 10:00 - 13: 30/15: 00 - 18:30, contribution recommended).
From 6 October, thanks to a donation of 3 euros, it is possible to book the visit on the website www.giornatefai.it or choose to register with FAI before the event and access to openings reserved for members.
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17 - 18 ottobre e 24 - 25 ottobre 2020