The Guardians of Italian Heritage

The Guardians of Italian Heritage


Protecting an unrivalled heritage

FAI - Fondo Ambiente Italiano (the National Trust for Italy) is a non-profit foundation which works tirelessly to protect Italy’s extraordinary cultural, artistic and natural heritage.

Founded in 1975, FAI is modelled on the National Trust of England, Wales and Northern Ireland and promotes a culture of respect for Italy’s nature, art, history and traditions. Every day, FAI protects a unique heritage that is an integral part of Itay’s cultural roots by protecting, restoring, enhancing and opening to the public monuments and natural sites.
FAI is positioned to protect special places acquired by donation or bequest or granted to FAI on concession and make them accessible to everyone.
In addition, FAI promotes several communication campaigns with the objective of raising awareness of the importance of local heritage and participates in the national debate on environmental issues and cultural heritage.

FAI, with its vast and growing base of supporters:

Takes Care of special places in Italy for the benefit of present and future generations

Promotes education, appreciation, awareness and enjoyment of Italy’s environment, landscape and historical and artistic heritage

MONITORS the protection of Italy’s natural and cultural wealth in the spirit of Article 9 of the Italian Constitution (“The Republic of Italy shall promote the development of culture and […] safeguard the natural landscape and the historic and artistic heritage of the Nation”).

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About us

Give Italy’s past a future: an achievable goal

The Guardians of Italian Heritage was established in 2018 to provide strong and tangible support for a great project: protecting the most beautiful, untouched and hidden parts of Italy by financing FAI's mission.
This group of generous patrons and companies – imbued with high ideals and sensitive to the values of culture, art and nature – will enable FAI to achieve significant results, guaranteeing solidity and making the most of Italy’s cultural heritage.

More than 40 years from its establishment, FAI continues to grow following three main objectives of its 10-year Strategic Plan:
  • - Restore properties located across Italy and open them to the public;
  • - Manage them sustainably in both economic and environmental terms;
  • - Enhance these special sites so that they can tell their story and become “happy places” in which to spend high-quality leisure time.

In parallel, FAI wants to boost its commitment to raising awareness by bringing citizens, institutions and businesses into contact with artistic and environmental heritage, as well as educating an increasing number of young people on the importance of loving and respecting the landscape and the beauty that surround us.

To discover all the properties that FAI has saved and opens to the public visit our website.



Support us


Becoming part of The Guardians of Italian Heritage group means standing side-by-side with FAI, participating in the development and pursuit of the challenging objectives set out in the Strategic Plan.

The landscape and the cultural heritage that FAI painstakingly and sustainably safeguards, promotes and manages constitute its true capital: the fundamental resource for allowing Italy to be re-born and for its reputation to be exploited fully around the world.

For this reason, we need new patrons – people with curiosity, passion, sensitivity and courage – to share this ambitious project with us, aiming to make Italy a more beautiful place in which to live, work, invest and see future generations grow. It is an extraordinary social and cultural challenge.





Invitation to explore the Italian heritage through highly exclusive journey

As one of themost prominent supporters of FAI, you will have the opportunity to join two highly exclusive and tailor-made weekends in Italy to experience places of great historic and artistic significance.

Exclusive access
Thanks to special relationships, we can grant you private access to Italy’s most important museums, collections and galleries.

Private Properties
The trips feature luncheons, dinners, and intimate cocktail parties in the homes of major figures in Italian society and friends of our Foundation.

Artisans and Designers
Italy is a country rich in artisans, whose skills have been passed down through generations. We can introduce you to them even though most work behind closed doors.

Opportunities to experience the excellence of italian cultural heritage

Donors will enjoy the opportunity to participate in internationally-acclaimed events and premieres, thanks to the assistance of specialized staff, including:
Inauguration events of La Biennale di Venezia, the oldest and most prestigious international art venue.
Opening night at La Scala in Milan on December 7th, the iconic opera house.
Events and presentations of the Venice Film Festival, the oldest film festival in the world.

Furthermore, donors will have the opportunity to participate in an annual meeting with FAI’s top management as well as in a Directors’ Committee meeting in Milan for the most recent updates on new acquisitions, national campaigns and the Foundation’s economic success.


A first proposal to discover italian heritage

Tour of Florence

The city of Florence still possesses the greatest collection of Renaissance art on earth. Its streets and squares have remained virtually unchanged since the age of the Medici. Florence is home to over 20 private palazzi - more than any other city in the World - which still belong to the families who originally commissioned them in the 15th and 16th centuries. Florence is still a place of excellence for the arts, design, fashion, craftsmanship and wine making: a source of inspiration for Italian entrepreneurship.


Other Benefits

By becoming part of The Guardians of Italian Heritage group you have access to the following exclusive advantages:

2 Annual FAI membership cards, one in the name of the donor and the other in the name of his/her spouse or guest.
Free entry to all FAI properties that are open to the public and to the exhibitions and events staged in them; to those of the National Trust of England, Wales and Northern Ireland; to those of the National Trust for Scotland; to those of the National Trusts of Australia; to the Louvre Museum in Paris.

Citation on the dedicated page in the FAI Annual Report and on the cultural supplement of Il Sole 24 Ore, the leading Italian financial newspaper.

Exclusive invitations to the inaugurations of newly restored properties, exhibitions and events.

MOREOVER, IF YOU CHOOSE to join the group with your company:

10 FAI membership cards and 150 tickets to visit FAI properties for the company’s employees or stakeholders

Citation of the name of the company in FAI’s communications

Package of texts and images to use to communicate and make the most of your support for FAI

Option to stage exclusive events in FAI properties

Option to involve the company’s personnel in team-building and volunteering initiatives.

Join Us

You can support us by becaming a member of The Guardians of Italian Heritage
If you have any queries please email for more information

Board of directors

Honorary president
  • Giulia Maria Crespi
  • Andrea Carandini
Vice Executive President
  • Marco Magnifico
General Manager
  • Angelo Maramai
Administration board
  • Mauro Agnoletti
  • Giovanni Agosti
  • Franco Anelli
  • Guido Beltramini
  • Barbara Candotti
  • Andrea Carandini *
  • Giulia Maria Crespi
  • Bruno Ermolli
  • Costanza Esclapon
  • Marina Forni Senin
  • Gabriele Galateri di Genola **
  • Vannozza Guicciardini Paravicini
  • Andrea Kerbaker *
  • David Landau *
  • Stefano Lucchini
  • Marco Magnifico *
  • Marco Marcatili
  • Francesco Micheli
  • Clarice Orsi Pecori Giraldi
  • Galeazzo Pecori Giraldi
  • Carlo Pontecorvo **
  • Maurizio Rivolta *
  • Flavio Valeri *
  • Marco Vitale
  • Anna Zegna **
* Members of the Executive Committee
** Members of the Nomination Committee and participation
Guarantee Committee
  • Giulia Maria Crespi
  • Giorgio Alpeggiani
  • Giovanni Bazoli
  • Francesco Saverio Borrelli
  • Luca Paravicini Crespi
  • Guido Peregalli
  • Salvatore Veca
  • Franco Dalla Sega
  • Antonella Bientinesi
  • Francesco Logaldo
  • Giovanni Rossi (Substitute)
  • Andrea Bignami (Substitute)
  • Stefano Danesin (Substitute)
Auditing Firm
  • Deloitte & Touche S.p.A.
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