The Guardians of Italian Heritage

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 - Fondo Ambiente Italiano (the National Trust for Italy) thanks to everyone's contribution:


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


education, appreciation, awareness and enjoyment of Italy’s environmental, natural, historical and artistic heritage


the protection of Italy’s natural and cultural assets, as per Article 9 of the Italian Constitution

Statutes and Trasparency

About us


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.

Discover all the properties that FAI has saved and opened to the public.

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.



As one of the most prominent supporters of FAI, you will have the opportunity to enjoy highly exclusive and tailor-made tours 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.

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.

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.
FAI Governance

FAI’s governance structure in composed of the President, three Vice-Presidents, the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee, the Board of Trustees, the Board of Auditors and the Appointments and Participation Committee. The President, Vice-Presidents, Trustees, Auditors and Board Members do not have a specific mandate and receive no remuneration.

If you have any queries, please contact us:


International Fundraising and Development Manager
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