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Welcome! Thank you for visiting my weblog. I am Irene, Elisabeth Pouw, a Dutch fashion- and interiorblogger. As blogger I am connecting my readers with beauty, style, quality, craftsmanship and harmony in colors for interior / design / architecture, haute couture, photography, art, antiques etc. I love decorating & bringing beauty and harmony into interiors. I created this blog to share my passion for decorating as well as the many other things which inspire me. From time to time I am also highlighting certain interior designers, decorators, architects, stylists, photographers etc. I hope you enjoy your visit. Feel free to give a comment on my blogs. I will react back as soon as possible. Best regards, Irene Pouw from Holland.

19 maart 2016

Travel & Culture: 7 Italian hidden gems to discover with FAI

This weekend will take place the FAI Spring Days, scheduled for Saturday March 19th and Sunday March 20th, 2016. Ninehundred locations throughout Italy will be open and free (among which, archeological sites, gardens, villages, palaces, churches and castles). An occasion not to be missed! The FAI allows the doors to places usually closed to the public and hardly accessible for outsiders of the organizations to open. The full list is available on their website, but below you will find 7 hidden gems to discover in Italy. And not just this weekend; all the locations protected by FAI are in fact freely accessible throughout the whole year.

1. Palazzo Turati, Milan.
Open after several months of restoration, this wonderful neoclassical building features breathtaking indoor spaces. As Sala di Flora covered in silk velvet, mirrors, decorations, sculptures and frescoed ceiling. A gem in the heart of the city!
2. Biblioteca dei Girolamini, Naples.
This is the 2nd oldest library in the country and it cherishes historically invaluable books. In addition to its abundance of books and collections, this library boast an internal structure that will leave you speechless, featuring 18th century frescos on its facades and virtually intact decor.
3. Teatro Verde, Venice.
Its construction is relatively recent and it dates back to 1952, when 2 architects came up with the genius idea of designing a theater inspired to the Greek and Roman pan. The result is incredible. A huge outdoor entertainment area immersed in the green. Longtime preferred stage for world’s most important dancing companies and works.
4. Rock-cut church of Santa Maria della Vaglia, Matera.
We could not find something with higher historic value: a medieval rock-cut church. As many other similarly-built churches it features frescos sculptural elements the, besides their decorative function, served the purpose of introducing to contemplation and prayer.
5. Porto Vecchio, Trieste.
A true example of territorial redevelopment. An architectural heritage of great historic and artistic value located in the heart of the city that extends over a surface of approximately 600,000 sq. m. This is only one of the reasons that make it a true gem not only for the Northern part of Italy.
6. Magistral Villa of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Rome.
You know the famous keyhole you can see Saint Peter’s dome through? Well, it’s part of this amazing historic building located on the Aventine, that also feature a wonderful garden portrayed by Sorrentino in the movie The Great Beauty.
7. Sala Reale Stazione Centrale, Milan.
Another hidden gem in the heart of Milan. Could you ever imagine that inside Milan Central Station (one of Europe’s busiest) there is a real Royal Pavilion? Well, there is and it was built in 1931 to welcome the Savoia Family. Today, after a long restoration, has finally opened its doors to the public. It is displaying inlayed flooring, decorated halls, mosaics and marble decorations. A place with an ancient, surreal flavor, that emotionally clashes with the hectic movement of thousands of passengers welcomed by the station everyday.
More info at Italo Americano and Giornatefai.
Photos via The Blonde Salad.

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