Help Italy
stay beautiful

About us

Italy has shaped all of us and is our heritage too. We take for granted that it will always be there for us, but beauty and antiquity need constant vigilance and care to survive. They belong to the world and need the help of the whole world. FAI UK and FAI exist to enable this to happen.

FAI UK Italian – Heritage Trust, a UK-registered charity active since 2016, has two aims:
• To raise funds for FAI – Fondo Ambiente Italiano (the National Trust for Italy).
• To foster awareness and appreciation of Italy’s cultural heritage through lectures, master-classes, concerts, visits within Britain, and special tours in Italy.

Why join FAI UK?
By joining FAI UK, you will be helping fight the decay and destruction of Italy’s cultural patrimony, both natural and manmade.

FAI UK invites you to visit Italy and discover the precious treasures rescued by FAI.

About FAI

FAI – Fondo Ambiente Italiano (the National Trust for Italy) was founded in 1975 and has drawn inspiration from the National Trust for England, Wales & Northern Ireland. It is affiliated with INTO – the International National Trusts Organisation.

FAI is a non-profit foundation that operates thanks to the generosity of its more than 200,000 members and donors, both corporate and individual, in Italy and around the world. It promotes education, appreciation, awareness, and enjoyment of the nation’s environmental, natural, historic and artistic heritage.

FAI restores and maintains buildings and landscape in Italy acquired by donation or bequest for the benefit of present and future generations, always making sure that their future is both economically and ecologically sustainable. In 2018, nearly €17m was invested into the restoration and upkeep of these properties.

FAI promotes a culture of respect for Italy’s heritage by saving, restoring, and opening buildings and tracts of countryside to the public. Currently, it has 30 properties regularly open to the public; 21 with open access (mostly protected landscape and coastline), and 10 buildings under restoration.

FAI operates on a large enough scale to make a major contribution to Italy’s patrimony and has earned the respect of government and local authorities, with which it works in harmony.

FAI monitors the protection of Italy’s natural and cultural assets. When FAI lobbies government, both central and local, its standing, efficiency, transparency and success in its stated objectives guarantees it a respectful hearing.

FAI lays great emphasis on action in the community and engaging the enthusiasm and love of individuals for their heritage.

FAI builds civil society through its network of more than 11,000 passionate volunteers, organised in 122 delegations and subdivided into 88 groups, and a further 89 youth groups across all of Italy, with a particular emphasis on grass-roots involvement. Thanks to its volunteers, FAI has grown into an organisation capable of achieving its mission and lobbying strongly for all parts of Italy.

FAI & FAI UK INVITE you to join, to recruit new members, to spread the word about the work FAI is doing, and help it continue that work by being generous in your contributions.

Download here the latest FAI Annual Report

Welcome to FAI UK

FAI UK – Italian Heritage Trust is a charity organization (Registered Charity Number 1155041) which endeavours to spread awareness and foster appreciation of Italy’s national heritage and to contribute to FAI’s work through special events, conferences, trips and concerts for lovers of Italy living in the United Kingdom.

FAI UK supports the programs and activities of FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano), one of Italy’s leading nonprofit organizations, in its efforts to restore, preserve and open to the public a wealth of important Italian monuments and properties, as part of our broader objectives.

FAI UK organizes numerous events, including conferences, seminars, exhibitions, and concerts in the United Kingdom, and tours in Italy, to spread understanding of and appreciation for Italian culture.

FAI UK invites English to visit Italy and discover the precious treasurers rescued by FAI.