If you are not able to participate in the now traditional appointment with the FAI Spring Day during which the doors are opened to 12,000 places often inaccessible in more than 5,000 cities throughout the entire Italian territory, don’t despair, there is a solution: visit one or more of the goods that are always open.
Often, especially, with the arrival of summer is always looking for ideas to make it a Saturday or a Sunday, the unforgettable and the FAI are open to the public are an excellent option capable to satisfy the desires of the whole family.
You can choose between a visit to the elegant Villa of the Balbianello, Tremezzo where you can walk in the extraordinary gardens that offer a stunning view on the Como Lake , or discover the remains of Castel Grumello , near Sondrio in Valtellina, to spend a day in close contact with nature.
A perfect destination for those in search of total peace and seclusion is the Monastery of Torba , near Varese, immersed in the archaeological park, declared a Unesco world heritage Site, while if you want to discover a magical place, the council is to opt for the Parco Villa Gregoriana at Tivoli just a few kilometres from Rome. Here you can admire one of the most beautiful examples of the aesthetic, romantic, where nature, history and archaeology combine to give a unique atmosphere and unexpected.
Another asset of the FAI where you can spend a sunny day surrounded by the intoxicating scent of flowers and citrus fruit is the Garden of the Kolymbethra of Agrigento, it is a real lush Eden within the arid territory of the Valley of the Temples.
Discover, then, 5 amazing FAI to visit in the spring and autumn to spend a day unique and unforgettable experience and lots of advice to help you plan your visit:
- Villa del Balbianello, Tremezzo
- Castel Grumello, Sondrio
- The monastery of Torba Varese
- Parco Villa Gregoriana, Tivoli
- The garden of the Kolymbethra, Agrigento
1 – Villa del Balbianello, Como
Between the FAI to visit in the spring to fully enjoy the awakening of nature that surrounds the house there is Villa Balbianello, a beautiful residence of the eighteenth-century origin which dominates the small peninsula of Lavedo to Tremezzo, a charming town in the province of Como that has hosted some of the fashion shows of the collections of Haute couture Autumn-Winter 2018-19 Dolce & Gabbana.
This wonderful villa that appears in several hollywood productions such as OO7, and Star Wars is owned by Guido Monzino, a businessman who loved to enjoy long exploration of areas far and at that time little known, and in every room, thanks to the many maps and souvenirs, relives his love for adventure that offers the visitor a journey in space and in time.
During a visit to the Villa del Balbianello is, in addition, recommended a long walk in its beautiful gardens to enjoy breathtaking views of Lake Como. One of the points of observation, which the most beautiful is the loggia of the Eighteenth century, an extremely instagrammabile!
- Address of the Villa del Balbianello: Via Comoedia 5, Tremezzo on the western shore of Lake Como.
- The days and hours of opening of Villa del Balbianello: all days except Monday and Wednesday except bank holidays, from 10.00 to 18.00.
2 – Castel Grumello, Valtellina
If you want to make a day immersed in the uncontaminated nature of the mountains of valtellina, and organized a visit to Castel Grumello, good of the FAI in the vicinity of Sondrio.
In the middle Ages, the Valtellina was a strategic territory for the communications between Italy and Europe in those centuries were built up many fortresses and castles to watch over the surrounding territory. Castel Grumello is located on a high rocky spur, with sheer walls that overlooks a green valley and is a rare example of a castle double, or consists of two buildings joined by a stretch of the walls. The first building was used for military activities, while the second was a mansion.
Unfortunately, this castle was almost totally destroyed in 1526, as many other fortified structures in the area, but today, thanks to an impressive work of restoration it is possible to reach the ruins where you can enjoy a wonderful panorama on the surrounding area.
- Address of the Castel Grumello: Via Sant’antonio, 645 a few kilometres from Sondrio.
- Days and opening hours of Castel Grumello: all days except Monday, from march to September, the property is open from 10.00 to 18.00 from October to January the closure is anticipated to 17.00.
- Useful information: close to the castle there is the ristoro Castel Grumello where you can taste delicious typical dishes of the area while enjoying a fantastic view.
3 – Monastery of Torba, Varese
Another good DO-it-visit in the spring in one of those days when you just want quiet is the Monastery of Torba in Gornate Olona, in the province of Varese.
This site millennial born as a place defensive, in the V century A. C. during the Time of Rome, and then turned into a religious centre inhabited by benedictine nuns is set in an archaeological park, included among the assets of the Unesco world heritage site, Longobards in Italy. Places of the power (568-774 d.C.) as an example of important architectural evidence of the longobard period.
Getting some time relaxing in this area you can admire the monastery, the church of Santa Maria of Torba, a defensive tower and part of the walls which defended this complex.
- Address of the Monastery of Peat: Via Stazione 2 in Gornate Olona, in the Varese province.
- Days and opening hours of the Monastery of Torba: from Wednesday to Sunday from 10.00 to 18.00. This complex is also open during any public holidays that fall on a Monday or Tuesday.
4 – Parco Villa Gregoriana, Tivoli
Imagine a place that is not far from the traffic of Rome where you can walk among ancient remains dating to the roman period, natural caves, forests and waterfalls, a fabulous place where you can treat yourself to a day unique and unforgettable, which is the Park of Villa Gregoriana well DO located in Tivoli.
This wonderful park was built in the first half of the Nineteenth century upon the wish of Pope Gregory XVI, and became shortly after a stage is missed during the Grand Tour in Italy, is a beautiful example of the aesthetic romantic , where nature, history, archaeology and artifice combine to give the visitor unique emotions.
During a visit to the Park Villa Gregoriana, it is possible to admire a waterfall of 120 meters was built in order to stem the frequent flooding of the river Aniene, the ancient Temple of Vesta, the ruins of the sumptuous Villa of the roman consul Manlio vopisco ” who was then being enveloped by the scent of a dense and varied vegetation.
- Address of the Parco Villa Gregoriana: Largo Sant’angelo, Tivoli.
- Days and opening hours of the Parco Villa Gregoriana: every day, times vary month-to-month is, therefore, preferable to verify by clicking here.
- Useful information: it is recommended to wear comfortable shoes, the four-legged friends are welcome.
5 – the Garden of the Kolymbethra, Agrigento
Another impressive asset of the FAI to visit in the spring to enjoy its beauty is the Garden of the Kolymbethra in Sicily, a corner of paradise within the Valley of the Temples of Agrigento.