FAI Autumn Days: 16th and 17th October 2021 in Tuscany
Our mini-guide to choose the FAI visits to book province by province
The great festival of the FAI Autumn Days is back, on October 16 and 17, 2021. Historic mansions, castles, villages, institutional headquarters, parks. With the FAI Autumn Days in Tuscany, as in the rest of Italy, there are several treasures to discover.
In Arezzo, visitors can take the 'Arezzo and its waters' route, a survey of the city's history and its relationship with water and the Castro River.
It will be possible to visit, with compulsory reservation, the Military Geographical Institute in the historical center of Florence, with access from Via Cesare Battisti, close to the Basilica of Santissima Annunziata, which occupies part of the monastic spaces that belonged to the Servite convent suppressed by the Italian government in 1866. The whole of the various buildings that made up the religious complex was divided into three sections with as many different destinations. Today it performs the functions of a cartographic agency of the Italian State, dealing with the cartography of the State through a remarkable equipment that makes it one of the most advanced in Italy.
The Villa di Fontallerta, situated on the extreme point of the Camerata hill, at number 60 of Viale Augusto Righi, is the watershed between the urban area of Florence and the slopes of Fiesole. From the gate, the unsuspected entrance to this middle kingdom, a winding road unravels, bordered by hedges and enclosed between two rows of imposing lime trees that run along the side of the hill. Accompanied by the rows of olive trees that mark the ascent, the visitor proceeds until he reaches the hillock where Fontallerta stands with the possibility of admiring the remains of a Roman tub for washing wool to the right of the first curve of the avenue.
But also the Istituto di Scienze Militari Aeronaturiche (Institute of Military Aeronautical Sciences), a higher education institution of the Air Force based in Florence in the monumental complex built in the 1930s in the Cascine Park, the business museum of Officine Galileo dedicated to the history of high-precision optical instruments in Campi Bisenzio and Villa Salviati, immersed in the greenery of the Florentine hills, characterized by large olive groves and significant architectural emergencies among which the important Badia Fiesolana and Etruscan Fiesole stand out.
in the green of the Florentine hills, characterized by large plots of olive groves and significant architectural emergencies among which stands out the important Badia Fiesolana and the Etruscan Fiesole.
In Grosseto opens the Military Veterinary Center and the Regiment 'Savoia Cavalry' (reservation required), one of the most glorious units of the cavalry of the Italian Army. The regimental museum offers visitors an original and complete overview of the three-decade history of one of the most important units of the Italian Army.
history of one of the oldest units of the Italian Army. The cult of traditions, a peculiar characteristic of the Cavalry, kept alive through the vicissitudes of the history of the country, has allowed many relics and a rich and complete documentation of the events and glories of the Savoy Cavalry.
In Capannori (Lucca) it will be possible to take a walk among camellia gardens, ancient villas, streams and corners of uncontaminated nature to discover the Borgo delle Camelie (the villages of S. Andrea and Pieve di Compito, in the municipality of Capannori), a magical place, set among the hills of Lucca, where, for the last 30 years, it has been possible to celebrate the fascinating oriental flower that here has found its ideal habitat and a dedicated place, "Il Camellietum Compitese". The Camellietum is the camellia garden awarded the prestigious title of Garden of Excellence by the International Camellia Society.
In Volterra it will be possible to visit the locality of Saline di Volterra and the historical railway station, the economic, historical and cultural heart of the town. Hence the birth and consequent strategic role from the commercial, industrial and logistical point of view of the town itself. Saline is located at the foot of the hill where the Etruscan city of Volterra rises in the direction that leads to the sea, and continues to play a fundamental role of cultural and commercial connection with the rest of the Val di Cecina and the nearby Val d'Era.
In Monsummano Terme (Pistoia) members of Fai will be able to admire the village of Montevettolini and the secret rooms of Villa Borghese, while in Pistoia it will be possible to visit the Castle of Cireglio, a pleasant location in the upper valley of the Vincio di Brandeglio.
Many historical places to visit also in Prato. In Vernio it will be possible to visit the Fortress, once the seat of the Feud of Vernio, first owned by the Alberti counts and, from the fourteenth century until the end of the feudal dominion in 1797, summer residence of the Bardi, rich Florentine bankers. While in the center will be accessible the Palazzo del Comune, which has been located since the thirteenth century in the heart of the historic center of the city, occupying two sides of Piazza del Comune and along Corso Mazzoni that leads to Piazza del Duomo. A position that has always been strategic, since the most important events and commerce have taken place on the public square since the Middle Ages.
Finally, in Cetona (Siena) you can take a tour of the historic center that is distinguished by the dense network of alleys and glimpses of landscape that alternate along the streets.
For the visits it is necessary to book on the site www.giornatefai.it