A country retreat from the turn of the 16th century and inspired by antiquity dominates the landscape of the Euganean hills. Built as a summer residence for the Bishops of Padua, it is the sublime work of famous architects, including Giulio Romano, and is decorated with paintings by the Flemish Master Lambert Sustris. The villa is an exquisite experiment of the Humanist movement in which architecture and nature blend seamlessly in the loggia’s and terrace’s spaces to achieve man’s wellbeing.
FAI UK has committed to funding The Abbazia di Santa Maria di Cerrate, Lecce for its 2017 Restoration Project. This Abbey is a gem of Southern Italian architecture, sculptures, and frescos, and the restoration aims at restore and revive the entire complex, including the surrounding rural areas; raise awareness among the general public about such an important historical/cultural asset; and develop cultural and educational activities linked to the local traditions that will contribute to tourism in the area of Salento. The specific project FAI UK committed to sponsoring for 2017 is the restoration of the Old Stable building.