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  • Downhill all the way: Federica Amelio

    Posted on March 7, 2018

    Federica Amelio, “Fulcrums and Systems” Project, FAI – Fondo Ambiente Italiano (the National Trust for Italy)

    “I’m an outdoors girl and my current job is such a wonderful way to keep up my passion for exploring”

    What is your job?

    I manage a FAI project to enhance the landscapes around our properties – environmentally, socially, culturally and economically.

    As part of this, I have been developing a network of hiking trails (on foot or by mountain bike).  I explore the surroundings of FAI properties, analysing the territory, selecting and classifying routes, writing texts and putting together guides.  I prepare maps with itineraries and a careful selection of cultural points of interest that encourage visitors to discover the area surrounding properties for exceptional places and unique experiences.

    How long have you been working for the organisation?

    I have worked for FAI for several years now, beginning with an apprenticeship in the Technical Office where I was involved in the restoration of the Velarca, a house boat on Lake Como.

    What inspires you most about what you do?

    I’m an outdoors girl and my current job is such a wonderful way to keep up my passion for exploring.  Before joining FAI I did a lot of sailing –  lakes, seas and even oceans – and then I studied yacht design.  I love climbing and now like to explore the trails of the Alps with my mountain bike (sometimes I have to carry it on my back). I am the Italian 2017 amateur downhill champion!

    FAI properties are in the most beautiful parts of the country and it’s great to know that by enhancing the tourist/cultural offer, we are bringing real benefit to these regions.   And sharing these wonderful places with a wider public!

    It’s exciting because FAI is committed to improving accessibility and giving people the opportunity to reach our places with ease and by sustainable transport.

    What’s it like working as a woman in your organisation?

    Obviously, for a girl like me, an office job in Milan, 8 hours a day in front of the computer is tough, almost impossible … After trying various different roles, I have managed to carve out one that really suits me.

    FAI staff are 80% women and I’m very comfortable with that.

    What is FAI?

    On 28 April 1975, Giulia Maria Mozzoni Crespi, Renato Bazzoni, Alberto Predieri and Franco Russoli officially founded FAI – Fondo Ambiente Italiano (the National Trust for Italy), a non-profit trust conceived by Elena Croce following the example of the British National Trust.

    FAI is a non-profit foundation that operates thanks to the support of individuals, companies and institutions.

    FAI – Fondo Ambiente Italiano, with the contribution of everyone:

    •  takes care of special places in Italy for the benefit of present and future generations
    •  promotes education, appreciation, awareness and enjoyment of the Nation’s environmental, natural, historic and artistic heritage
    • monitors the protection of Italy’s natural and cultural assets, in the spirit of article 9 of the Italian Constitution (The Italian Republic promotes the development of culture and of scientific and  technical research. It protects the landscape and the historical and artistic heritage of the Nation)
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