Fai autumn days are back, from Girifalco to Santo Stefano: all the places in the heart of Calabria and Sicily


By John

On Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 October 2023, the FAI Autumn Days return for the twelfth edition: special visits will be offered, with free contribution, in 700 places in over 350 cities in Italyoften inaccessible or simply unusual, original, curious, little known and valued.

The program of the 2023 edition was presented in the Sapienza Museum of Classical Art in Rome. Between the openings of this edition, in fact, Of particular note are 11 universities, from Trieste to Potenza, and up to 32 places of education, from schools to academies, from research centers to training laboratories. «This edition of the FAI Days – declared the president Marco Magnifico – intends to reiterate the fundamental role that schools and universities have on the quality of the future of our country».

In addition to places of knowledge, it will be possible to visit historic buildings, villas, churches, castles, but also examples of industrial archaeology, artisan workshops and production sites. And again: museums, art collections, archaeological areas, libraries. Furthermore, itineraries in villages and routes in naturalistic areas, urban parks, botanical gardens and historic gardens will be planned. Anyone wishing to participate will be asked to make a free contribution, which will support the mission and activities of FAI.

The 2023 Autumn FAI Days are held under the patronage of the European Commission, the Presidency of the Council of Ministers – Department of Civil Protection, the Ministry of Culture and all the Italian Regions and autonomous Provinces.

Among the most interesting openings, Fai reports, In CalabriaGirifalco with the building that housed the psychiatric hospital and its historical archive. In Sicilyhowever, San Giovanni degli Eremiti and the Rai regional headquarters in Palermo, an ‘Itinerary of legality’ will be organized in Corleone, in Catania the Vincenzo Bellini Musical Institute and Villa Cutore Recupero will be open to visitors, the Trabia Tallarita mining complex in Sommatino, the bunkers and casemates of Ponte Dirillo in Gela and the Radicepura Botanical Park in Giarre.

The places of the heart in Calabria:

Former psychiatric hospital and village of Girifalco;
“Cybo-Malaspina” Palace (Aiello Calabro);
Aloisio artisan workshop (Aiello Calabro);
The Giants of Sila (Spezzano);
Garden and palace of Villa Berlingieri (Crotone);
“Mirabilia deeds and misdeeds: itinerary among protagonists and places in the history of Castelvetere (Caulonia);
The cisterns: the underground oil deposits in Gioia Tauro;
Casa Berto (Ricadi);
Walk among the towers and museums of Capo Vaticano… with Donna Canfora (Ricadi).

The places of the heart in Messina and its province

The old cemetery: journey through the places of the soul (Santo Stefano di Camastra);
Basilica of Sant’Antonio: places and findings of Sant’Annibale (Messina);
Institute and church of the Holy Spirit (Messina);
La Noria di Minissale: wells and cisterns on the ancient via del Dromo (Messina);
Victoria Gardens: a Mediterranean garden between tradition and innovation (Taormina).