In this post we’d like to talk about some of the initiatives promoted by FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano).
Fai is a non-profit foundation that aims to contribute to the protection, preservation and enhancement of Italy’s artistic and natural heritage. It was set up in 1975 by Elena Croce, daughter of the great philosopher Benedetto Croce, who wanted to create something in Italy similar to the UK’s National Trust.
So what does FAI actually do?
One of its most important tasks is to educate people about the need to collectively protect Italy’s environment and artistic heritage.
In order to achieve this goal, FAI began working with schools over 15 years ago.
But FAI’s educational activities are not just aimed at schoolchildren. Adults are also involved in this awareness-raising process, through the organisation of cultural meetings and art courses held every year on the history of Italian art.
Another of FAI’s key activities is to protect and restore our country’s artistic and natural treasures, and reopen them once more for public viewing. FAI heritage properties require daily care and attention to ensure they are preserved over time.
FAI actively defends the Italian landscape and cultural heritage in the interests of our entire society. It addresses the needs of threatened or at risk areas on behalf of local communities, notifying the relevant authorities, and taking direct action where possible.
More and more acquisitions have been made over the years, and FAI can now boast a grand total of 45 properties, 21 of which are regularly open to the public. Thanks to FAI, these splendid treasures now belong once again to Italy and to all of us!