Giornata FAI di Primavera
April 17, 2013 / Events Orvieto, Umbria
Since 1992, the first weekend of spring is marked by Giornata FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano) Di Primavera (Day of Spring); a countrywide event during which provinces like Umbria open special sites and buildings normally closed to the public, free of charge. Orvieto provided a bonus: tours conducted by students of the Liceo Artisto di Orvieto (Orvieto High School of the Arts).
“Sullen” and “disinterested” are words I often associate with the species roaming the earth in low-slung blue jeans, heavy makeup and dangling headphones to drown-out adults. Teenagers block doorways, smoke cigarettes and emit screeching sounds in the piazza near my apartment. However, this weekend this much-maligned group set the record straight.
Our tour began with a soft-spoken young man in dreadlocks and nose-piercings. He thoughtfully recounted the life of Fresco of S.Bernardo San Bernardo as illustrated in the frescoes of La Chiesa di San Bernardo. Next we crossed the Piazza del Popolo to the Gran Hotel Reale, once Palazzo Bracci Testasecca, where two delightful studentesse escorted us to view the private collection of paintings by renowned artists.
Following a short walk, we visited the lush gardens of
San Lodovico by a trio of knowledgeable young women and lastly, two energetic girls accompanied us through the Chiesa di Santa Maria Del Pianto and its outer loggia.
Being enlightened and informed about the historic interiors, facades and ancient frescoes of Italy’s former eras by intelligent and enthusiastic art students was an eye-opening experience. These exceptional young people, individually and as a group, demonstrated the poise and confidence of future leaders, parents and responsible citizens.
Giornata FAI Di Primavera not only gave us a glimpse into Italy’s artful and storied past, but unexpectedly into its bright and hopeful future.
Murano Glass Chandelier
Il complesso della chiesa di Santa Maria Del Pianto
La Chiesa e il complesso di San Lodovico
Students from the Liceo Artisto di Orvieto
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