CASTELLO DELLA MANTA- CUNEO
This enchanting 15th-century castle, silhouetted against the majestic Cuneo Alps, is home to some of Italy’s most magnificent frescoes. Castello della Manta was originally a 13th-century fortress and was transformed into a lavish family home by Valerano, the ruler of the Marquisate of Saluzzo, in the 15th century. Donated to FAI by Elisabetta De Rege in 1985, Castello della Manta is colorful, elegant, historically rich, and brimming with frescoes that tell stories of courtly love, chivalry, and both aristocratic and village life in 15th century Italy.
L’ABBAZIA DI SAN FRUTTUOSO- CAMOGLI
The Abbazia di San Fruttuoso is located in Capodimonte, in a narrow bay that opens southward on the rocky coast of Mount Portofino. A small jewel with a very old story, the Abbey was generously donated to Fondo Ambiente Italiano by Frank and Orietta Pogson Doria Pamphili. In addition to its splendid natural and panoramic setting, the Abbey has noteworthy architectural and historical value – an admirable combination, in which nature’s work has complemented man’s.
ABBAZIA DI SANTA MARIA DI CERRATE– LECCE
The Abbazia di Santa Maria di Cerrate is one of the most significant Romanesque heritage sites in Puglia. Founded by King Tancred of Hauteville in the 12th century after a divine revelation, the Abbazia di Santa Maria di Cerrate has been home to religious orders, agricultural workers, and a host of others over the course of its fascinating history. With it’s rich cultural and agricultural patrimony, the Abbazia is one of Southern Italy’s most precious treasures.
VILLA DEL BALBIANELLO – LAKE COMO
Located on the western shore of Lake Como, the splendid 18th century 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.
VILLA E COLLEZIONE PANZA – VARESE
Surrounded by a magnificent Italian-style garden, the 18th century Villa Panza in Varese is famous around the world for the contemporary art collection that Giuseppe Panza di Biumo assembled there from the 1950s onwards.
VILLA GREGORIANA PARK – TIVOLI, LAZIO
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.
THE ABBEY OF SAINT MARY OF CERRATE – LECCE
The Abbey of Saint Mary of Cerrate was recently entrusted to FAI for a 30 year concession, by the by the Province of Lecce. The Abbey was built in the early 12th century by the Normans, who had conquered the region during the previous century. The Abbey is located near the town of Lecce in Puglia, the south-eastern tip of the Italian peninsula.
CAMPATELLI TOWER AND HOUSE – SAN GIMIGNANO
2011 and 2012 Restoration
The Campatelli Palace and Tower is located in the heart of historic San Gimignano. In the 13th century, the Tuscan town became the seat of a wealthy urban aristocracy that affirmed its political and social power through the construction of towers. Indeed, each noble family vied with its rival to build the tallest tower, so that at its peak, San Gimignano boasted over 70 of these stately structures.
CASTELLO DI MASINO LIBRARY – CARAVINO, TORINO
The Masino Castle, property of FAI since 1988, contains a small portion of the larger history of humanity and presents to the modern-day visitor an experience of the setting in which an aristocratic family of Piedmont, the Valperga di Masino family, lived, from the fourteenth century until 1987.