Located on the western shore of Lake Como, Villa del Balbianello is perched on the point of the Dosso di Lavedo, a wooded promontory that juts out from the
coastline to form a small peninsula. The complex was commissioned by Cardinal Angelo Maria Durini towards the end of the eighteenth century and built on the
remains of a thirteenth-century Franciscan Monastery. A magnificent Loggia crowns the main building from the highest point of the promontory, letting the viewer simultaneously enjoy two different panoramas of the Lake.
Surrounded by a magnificent Italian-style garden, the 18th century Villa Panza is famous around the world for the contemporary art collection that Count Giuseppe Panza di Biumo assembled there from the 1950s onwards. The residence was built in the mid-18th century on the site of an existing “noble mansion” at the behest of Marquis Paolo Antonio Menafoglio. Upon his death in 1823, the property passed to Duke Pompeo Litta Visconti Arese, a descendant of one of the most illustrious Milanese families and the man responsible for commissioning the new works entrusted to neoclassical architect Luigi Canonica (1764-1844).
Villa Gregoriana Park is located in Tivoli, just a stone’s throw from Rome. Amidst the park’s beautiful natural landscape, it is possible to find archeological ruins of different periods, perhaps most notably the Villa of the Roman Consul Manlius Vopiscus, a luxurious residence also celebrated by the Latin poet Horace; and on the acropolis, the temples of Vesta and Tiburno, dating back to the second century BC.
Friends of FAI is delighted to bring you our 2013 Fall Newsletter, which contains information on our activities so far this year as well as our upcoming projects and events. We look forward to sharing with you the latest updates on the Campatelli Tower restoration project, and we are particularly excited to announce our new restoration project in Puglia, the Abbey of Saint Mary of Cerrate, pictured above. We wish to thank you for your commitment to preserving Italian culture, and hope that you will be able to join us at our fall events.
Friends of FAI is pleased to present our 2012 Fall Newsletter, which will bring you up-to-date on our activities so far this year and provide you with a preview of our future programs. We invite you to look inside these pages to learn about our Spring Tour of Florence & Tuscany, our new membership structure, and our current FAI restoration project. You will also learn about an important FAI initiative entitled “I Luoghi del Cuore – Italian Places I Love” which has been launched internationally for the first time. We encourage you to play an active part in preserving Italy’s cultural heritage by participating in this unique project.