A DATE WITH NA­TURE

Italia Luxury - - Where Now | Hot Dates - Spring Days | FAI Fondo Am­bi­ente Ital­iano. Sev­eral lo­ca­tions. www.gior­nate­fai.it

Dur­ing the first week­end of spring, more than one thou­sand spec­tac­u­lar venues in Italy, gen­er­ally not open to the pub­lic, will open their doors to vis­i­tors. A two-day cel­e­bra­tory event which, over the past 25 years, has seen the par­tic­i­pa­tion of more than ten mil­lion peo­ple, en­abling them to visit unique, of­ten hid­den lo­ca­tions, ac­com­pa­nied by ex­pert tour guides, all vol­un­teers of FAI Fondo Am­bi­ente Ital­iano (the Ital­ian Na­tional Trust). A na­tional event whose aim is to arouse pub­lic aware­ness about the beau­ties of art, cul­ture and Ital­ian his­tory. Among the ex­tra­or­di­nary open­ings in Milan, sev­eral of the most no­table in­clude

Villa Nec­chi Campiglio ( see pho­tos). High­lights fea­tured dur­ing the FAI Spring

Days in­clude a visit to Palazz­ina del Peso, a 1920s Lib­erty-style build­ing lo­cated at San Siro's Hip­po­drome, and the Ve­trate

Artis­tiche Grassi, a his­toric ar­ti­sanal work­shop that boasts col­lab­o­ra­tions with starred ar­chi­tects and artists in­clud­ing Et­tore Sottsass, Luigi Cac­cia Do­min­ioni and Os­car Niemeyer.

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