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March 21, 2022

Fai Spring Days 2022: March 26th and 27th in Tuscany

Our mini-guide to choose which FAI visits to book province by province

The Fai Spring Days 2022 return on March 26 and 27 throughout Italy and allow free access to more than 700 hidden, inaccessible or unknown places of art in 400 cities.

In this national calendar dedicated to the beauties of the territory and art that are usually inaccessible to the public, stand out 20 wonders of Tuscany including villas and historic parks, castles, stations, trains and even factories. Here's what to see.

Please note that to participate in the FAI Days, you must book (no later than midnight the day before the visit) through the FAI website.

It will be possible to rediscover the Fab Lab headquarters of the historical Alterini company founded in 1939, the UNOAERRE Gold Museum, the first Italian museum dedicated to goldsmithing where more than 500 pieces of jewelry will be on display, through a century of art and goldsmithing, and the Palazzo Lambardi headquarters of Sugar, elected one of the three most beautiful stores in the world.

In Florence, the Badia Fiesolana, near Fiesole, the seat of the European University Institute and of the Union's historical archives, opens to the public for the first time. A place full of history that preserves documents, testimonies and photographs of the first steps of the European Union.

During the FAi days, it will also be possible to visit the Museo delle Officine Galileo in Campi Bisenzio, founded in 2006 and dedicated to the history of high-precision optical instruments. You can admire the ancestors of many modern objects: from radars to optical visors, from instruments for space applications to avionic devices, and small curious objects, such as cameras from the beginning of the century, generators for carriage lighting and theater binoculars.

It also opens the Villa Medicea of Careggi, currently undergoing restoration. One of the first built by the Medici and beloved by Lorenzo the Magnificent who chose to die here at the age of 43.

villa medicea careggi

Also in Florence will be open the Foundation of the Studio d'arte Le Colonne in borgo lenti that in '500 was the study of the artist Giambologna, Palazzo Buontalenti known as Casino Mediceo di San Marco and Villa di Olmo in Vaglia seat of the Foundation Margaret de Vito where you can admire paintings of the seventeenth century Neapolitan Luca Giordano, Jusepe de Ribera, Bernardo Cavallino, Massimo Stanzione and many others.

In the province of Grosseto, you can go to the discovery of the symbolic places of Scansano, a center of ancient origins considered since ancient times a healthy place and holiday, to the point that the Grand Duke Leopold II chose it for the so-called "Estatatura", which consisted in the summer transfer of the offices of the City of Grosseto.

In the province of Livorno guided tour of Campiglia Marittima, the village suspended between sky and sea, the itinerary starts from the Teatro dei Concordi passing through the Museum of Sacred Art and ends with a visit to the Praetorian Palace. Also in Campiglia Marittima, Villa Mussio opens, while in Livorno, the exhibition area of the Wass Historical Archives opens, preserving thousands of papers, technical drawings, photographs and films that tell the story of an avant-garde company.

Campiglia marittima, veduta dalla pieve di san giovanni

In Lucca you can visit Tereglio in the municipality of Coreglia Antelminelli, in the province of Lucca, to discover its history, nature and tradition, the Podere Lovolio, a real oasis of peace, nestled between the hills and the lake area of Lake Massaciuccoli. And yet the theater of Vetriano in Pescaglia in the province of Lucca, which is said to be one of the smallest theaters in the world, and the Church of St. Alexander in Lucca, closed for some time to worship and visits.

Many places can be visited in Pisa. Will open the Diocesan Historical Archives located in the "Limonaia" of the garden attached to the Archbishop's Palace one of the most important buildings in the city. There will be a tour of the Medici aqueduct to the fountains of good public water that winds through the historic center of the city and will also be open the Jewish cemetery and the synagogue of Pisa. In Volterra, on the other hand, it will be possible to rediscover Casa Consortini, which today houses the permanent exhibition of the works of Volterra sculptor Raffaello Consortini.

sinagoga pisa

In Pistoia opens the church of Santissima Annunziata that overlooks Piazza dei Servi, Villa Rospigliosi di Spicchio was built for Pope Clement IX, the Church of San Giovanni Decollato, called The Temple and the chapel of Villa Pagnozzi a small jewel of the '600.

Special guide to the Medicean Villa of Poggio a Caiano, including the apartments on the ground floor, with the little theater, the billiard rooms, up to the secret rooms of Bianca Cappello. In the park will be open the wonderful Limonaia by Poccianti, and the secular park up to the terracotta of Ombrone depicting the capture of the Nymph Ambra. Villa Aldobrandini, Banchieri, Rospigliosi, which is located on the slopes of Poggio Secco, can also be visited.

In San Gimignano, Torre e Casa Campatelli, a medieval tower merged with an 18th century palace that tells the story of a Tuscan upper middle class family, opens its doors. In Siena you can see the Bichi Ruspoli palace, currently home to the Society of Industrialists of Siena, while in the territory of the municipality of Sovicille, you can exceptionally discover the small village of Simignano. Not to be missed is the Church of San Bernardino da Siena.

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