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Six Monumental Buildings Open For Free in Rome on March 21-22 Thanks to FAI

Six Monumental Buildings Open For Free in Rome on March 21-22 Thanks to FAI

FAI, Fondo Ambiente Italiano, the equivalent of the UK’s National Trust, opens countless landmarks to the public on March 21-22. Six of them in Rome.

Visits are free, but donations are encouraged to support the activities of one of the country’s largest ngos which is showing great ability in taking care of our troubled heritage. We have been convinced members of this totally apolitical organization for more than two years now.

 

For the very first time, Palazzo Chigi, from 1961 the seat of the Italian government will be open to the public. A unique event even for those who had the chance to enter it for business since there are no opportunities to go around and explore this building unless you actually work there. The palace was started at the end of 16th century and finished in the mid-17th. English-language guided tours available. Mandatory booking for security reasons. Saturday (FAI members only) and Sunday: 10am – 5pm.

Palazzo Koch was built in 1888-1892 to host one of the key institutions of the unified country, the Bank of Italy. It was located in Via Nazionale because this was the modern road by excellence in Rome as it connected the Termini train station with the city centre. Flemish tapestries of the 17th century adorn many of its rooms. English-language guided tours available. Saturday (FAI members only) and Sunday: 10am-5pm.

Italy’s state-run TV and radio network RAI will open its Via Asiago offices, near the Lepanto underground station. These were the first Italian radio facilities and were inaugurated in 1929. You can visit five studios and two auditoriums. English-language guided tours available. Saturday (FAI members only) and Sunday: 10am-5pm.

The most unexpected of the landmarks open for the 2015 edition of FAI Spring Days is the Headquarters of the War Mutilated Association, the Casa Madre dei Mutilati di Guerra. Designed by Fascism’s top architect Marcello Piacentini in 1928 and decorated by the famous painter Sironi, Prini, Wildt and Oppo, this monumental building behind Castle S. Angelo is open on Saturday (FAI members only) and Sunday: 10am-5pm. English-language guided tours available.

Sport. Italy’s Olympic Organization, CONI opens up three facilities: a building, the Palazzo H; a hall, the Salone d’Onore; and its oldest gym, the Palestra Storica. Artistic gym performances unfold from 10am to 6pm. Open on Saturday 10am-1pm for members only. Non members can visit it on Saturday and Sunday from 1pm to 5 pm.

The last of the Rome landmarks is the building hosting the BNL bank. The Palazzo BNL is also open on other occasions. It is a modernist palace with a beautiful modern and contemporary painting collection. English-language guided tours available. Saturday (FAI members only) and Sunday: 10am-5pm.

 

 

CAUTION!

Please bear in mind that the Rome marathon will take place on Sunday, March 22. Italy’s most important race will unfortunately slow transports and movement (walking included) for a few hours, especially in the morning. Therefore, try to avoid Sunday and go on Saturday. If you are not already a FAI member you can sign up (and pay) on the spot!

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