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FAI Autumn Days 2019 on Lake Como

Various places, Tremezzina

The 12 and 13 October 2019 return the FAI Autumn Days on Lake Como, an opportunity not to be missed to visit the properties of the National Trust for Italy open to the public against a free contribution.

Two days to challenge the ability of Italians to be amazed and grasp the splendor of the territory that surrounds us, inviting the discovery of 700 places throughout Italy, selected because special, curious, original or beautiful.
A great many young people from FAI will accompany the Italians along the thematic routes specifically designed for the occasion, with the aim of transferring their enthusiasm to visitors, in the discovery of unpublished and extraordinary places that characterize our landscape. Themed itineraries, to be covered in whole or in part, which will see the opening of palaces, churches, castles, archaeological sites, gardens, industrial architecture, bunkers and air-raid shelters, craft shops, museums and entire villages.

The 2019 Edition is dedicated to the Infinity of Giacomo Leopardi
The FAI Autumn Days are, therefore, the collective work of the FAI children, the result of the strength of the new generations, symbolically embodied in the young man who, two hundred years ago, at twenty-one, wrote the immortal verses of the Infinite: Giacomo Leopardi.


FAI properties on Lake Como

Villa del Balbianello

Via Monzino 1, Tremezzina
  • Saturday: 10:00 – 18:00
    Notes: Last visit inside villa 16:30. Last park entrance 17:15.
  • Sunday: 10:00 – 18:00
    Notes: Last visit inside villa 16:30. Last park entrance 17:15.

Attention: in case of large numbers of people, the entrances may be suspended before the indicated closing time.

Suggested contribution from: € 5,00

Visits by:
Cooperativa Il Gelso del Lavedo, Larius Experiences e volontari / Visits in foreign language: English

General notes:
The interiors of the villa can only be visited by FAI members. Possibility to register on site.

The splendid Villa del Balbianello stands on a picturesque promontory overlooking Lake Como. At the end of the eighteenth century, the main access to the Villa was a steep staircase overlooking the lake. To welcome guests, a motto engraved on the floor of the porch open to the marina: “Fay ce que voudras (Do what you want)”, perfect description of the spirit of that “place of delights” where to study and dissertation of letters and arts, made by Cardinal Durini since 1787.


The Soccorso Tower at Ossuccio

  • Saturday: 10:00 – 17:00
  • Sunday: 10:00 – 17:00

Attention: in case of large numbers of people, the entrances may be suspended before the indicated closing time.

Suggested contribution from: € 3,00

Visits by: Staff e volontari

General notes:
Access to the terrace at the top of the tower is reserved for FAI members, with the possibility of registering on site.

The The Soccorso Tower which is 400 meters high, not far from the Sanctuary of the Beata Vergine del Soccorso, was donated to FAI by the last owner. It boasts a splendid view of the Gulf of Zoca de l’oli and the Comacina Island.

Isola Comacina dalla Torre del Soccorso

Villa Fogazzaro-Roi

Via Fogazzaro 14, Valsolda, fraz. Oria
  • Saturday: 10:00 – 18:00
    Notes: Last admission to the property at 17:30. Visit to the Villa and opening of the Church of San Martino a Castello and museum Casa Pagani;
  • Sunday: 10:00 – 18:00
    Notes: Last admission to the property at 17:30. Itinerary “Autumn in the villages of Valsolda” village of Oria and Villa Fogazzaro Roi – Borgo di Castello – Borgo di Puria.

Attention: in case of large numbers of people, the entrances may be suspended before the indicated closing time.

Suggested contribution from: € 5,00

Booking notes:
Reservation required at +39 0344 536602 from Wednesday, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Reservations closed on Friday 11 October.

Villa Fogazzaro Roi, with typically nineteenth-century features both for the overall style and for the small proportions of the rooms, was modified in the fifties and sixties of the twentieth century to meet the needs of Giuseppe Roi, great-grandson of Fogazzaro and last owner. New bathrooms and bedrooms were created to accommodate the numerous guests, and a refined and meticulous layout was designed.

Special initiatives around Villa Fogazzaro Roi

Autumn in the villages of Valsolda. On the occasion of the FAI Autumn Days in addition to the opening of Villa Fogazzaro Roi (with guided tours by appointment) guided tour of some villages of Valsolda: guided tour of the village of Oria with the church of San Sebastiano, the Garden of Franco and the cemetery. Visit to the village of Castello with the church of San Martino and the Museo Casa Pagani (rest area and refreshment). Visit of the village of Puria with the church of Santa Maria Assunte and focus on some historical houses of the village including the birthplace of the famous architect Pellegrino Tibaldi. Inside the historic center of Puria will be set up a rest area with roast chestnuts and chocolate. Guided tours by the Ciceronian Apprentices of the Vanoni Institute of Menaggio. Free shuttle service from Oria to Castello and Puria.


Itineraries and openings of FAI Giovani di Como

The theme for 2019 is Flight. The itinerary is called In the Blue painting of Blue and as a slogan a play on words with the title of a well-known song: I believe I can FAI.

Openings:

  • Aeroclub Como
  • MuRAC: Museo Rifugi Antiaerei Como
  • Aeroclub Volovelistico Lariano di Alzate Brianza

For the 8th edition of the FAI Autumn Days, the Gruppo Giovani di Como proposes an itinerary that will allow the public to discover a world that has always fascinated young and old: the experience of Flight! The different openings will be linked by the theme of air means, but will concern different areas of use of aircraft. Two days dedicated to the visit of hangars, anti-aircraft shelters and, above all, to the (re)discovery of our territory.

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Aero Club Como – A hangar sets a record

Via Masia 44, 22100 Como (CO)

Visits by: Apprendisti Ciceroni Istituto Jean Monnet, Mariano Comense; Volontari Aero Club Como.

Opening: 10:00 a.m. / Last visit 5:00 p.m. / Departure of visits every 20 minutes or so / Duration of visit 30-40 minutes.

Suggested contribution: € 3,00.

Place usually closed to the public.

The oldest hydroplane flight organization and hydro flight school in the world”. It is the Guinness World Record’s privilege to describe one of the most characteristic and fascinating realities of our city, where history and modernity, tradition and innovation have always traveled side by side in the clouds, suspended over breathtaking views. The famous hangar with lake view offers visitors a precious collection of historic aircraft for use in war and tourism.

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MuRAC – Museo Rifugi Antiaerei Como

Via Italia Libera 11, 22100 Como (CO)

Visits by: Apprendisti Ciceroni ISIS Paolo Carcano, Como (CO)

Opening: 10:00 a.m. / Last visit 5:00 p.m. / Departure of visits every 20 minutes approx. / Duration of visit 40 minutes approx.

Suggested contribution: € 3,00.

Place usually open to the public on the first Sunday of the month from 15:00 to 18:00.

A small metal door opens up the underground world of the only anti-aircraft shelter currently open to visitors in the city of Como, destined, at the time of the Second World War, to the staff of the Italian Red Cross. An extensive tour of the museum takes the visitor back to those tremendous days when the danger loomed from above: historical archives, audiovisual effects, original war relics come together in an experience with a strong sensory and emotional impact.

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Sulle ali del vento: Aeroclub Volovelistico Lariano

Via Isonzo 226, 22040 Alzate Brianza – fraz. Verzago (CO)

Visits by: Soci e Volontari Aeroclub Volovelistico Lariano

Opening: 10:00 a.m. / Last visit 5:00 p.m. / Departure of visits every 20 minutes approx. / Duration of visit 40 minutes approx.

Suggested contribution: € 3,00.

Place usually open for school and sports flight activities for members.

The main sport of the Verzago – Alzate Brianza airport, immersed in the suggestive Larian context of the pre-Alpine morainic amphitheatre, is glider gliding: a discipline in which technique and competition, contemplation and protection of the surrounding environment imitate the lightness and silence of birds. A 600-metre long tarmac runway, a hangar for aircraft shelter and a teaching room for the pilots’ school allow the oldest dream of man to come to life.


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