Preserving Italian Heritage
Italy has never been so close
Welcome to Friends of FAI
Friends of FAI is a 501c3 charity that works in the United States to foster awareness and appreciation of Italy’s cultural heritage through special events and lectures and supports restoration projects for places of outstanding beauty and significance. It also organizes visits to Italy that give privileged and exclusive access to homes, people and collections.
Friends of FAI supports the work of the Italian charity FAI – Fondo per l’Ambiente Italiano (the National Trust for Italy) which takes care of special properties.
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Palazzo Moroni – Bergamo
2022 Restoration Project
Nestled in the center of historic Bergamo, Palazzo Moroni is a 17th century urban aristocratic palace.
Construction of the Palazzo began in 1636 following the wedding of Francesco Moroni toLucrezia Roncalli. It took nearly 30 years to build the palace, which consists of three floors and mezzanines and nearly five acres of floral and vegetables gardens.
The interior of the palace is rich with frescoes and reflects the tastes of the various generations who lived there. The first set was created by Cremasque painter Giangiacomo Barbelli, who decorated the walls and ceilings in the mid 1600’s.
A second phase of decoration took place in the 19th century, when Alessandro Moroni commissioned trompe-l’oeil stuccoes featuring fanciful subjects of the classical and exotic world. The palace is also home to an exceptional art collection, which is the result of generations of art lovers in the Moroni family.
The Sicilian black bee at the Giardino della Kolymbethra
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