Discover the beauty of  Italy


Friends of FAI Webinar- Venice: Entrepreneur City 

February 26th, 2021


FAI Grand Tour- Visit Italy from the comfort of your sofa!

First stop: Villas on the Lakes of Northern Italy

Italy from Home: Women’s Portrayal in the Italian Renaissance

Friends of FAI, in partnership with the National Arts Club and the Hermitage Museum Foundation, is joined by art historian Eveline Baseggio for an exploration of the representation of women in works of art from the Italian Renaissance era in the collection of the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Artists represented in this presentation include Leonardo da Vinci, Lorenzo Lotto, Tiziano Vecellio, and others.


#ItalyIMissYou: Take a virtual tour of the Abbazia di San Fruttuoso, Camogli (Genoa)

Only 5 km from Portofino and 40 km from Genoa, the San Fruttuoso abbey is a corner of paradise you can reach only by ferry from Camogli and Rapallo or on foot. This one-time Benedictine monastery (Xth century), from the 13th century the abbey’s fate became intertwined with that of the Doria family, who renovated its design, adding the loggia and transferring here the family burial ground.



#ItalyIMissYou: Take a peek into one of FAI’s most beautiful Villas: Villa Fogazzaro Roi, Oria (Como)

Overlooking the Italian shore of Lake Lugano, the villa houses books and memories of the writer Antonio Fogazzaro, who wrote and set here his renowned masterpiece, “Piccolo Mondo Antico”. A secluded, intimate, 19th-century upper-middle-class residence. The exquisite and still-intact furniture, paintings and objets d’art evoke the atmosphere of the novel.

#ItalyIMissYou: Learn more about Casa Noha in Matera

Immersed in the famous Sassi, one of the ancient dwellings has become a place in which to learn all about a 1000-year-old history – that of the city of Matera, written in the porous, crumbly tufa.


#ItalyIMissYou: A Virtual Tour of Villa Panza in Varese (in Italian)