The Places of the Heart, the census of the Italian places not to be forgotten
The 5 editions of the census
The great number of subscriptions to the census is a testimony to the citizens’ deep and lively interest, to which FAI gives a larger voice so that it can be heard not only by the media, but also by the Institutions. Indeed, by transmitting the list of all the referred locations on their territory – regardless of the number of votes they received – to Mayors, Superintendents and Presidents of the Regions. FAI urges them to protect these places.
This action has often meant the establishment of virtuous mechanisms by which several collaborations with territorial agencies for the recovery of the referred locations: this is the case of the Acqua Acetosa Fountain in Rome, the Romanic Bridge of Clavi, near Imperia, the Niguarda Hospital in Milan, St. Paul’s Chapel in Galatina (LE), St. Michael’s Church in Calvisano (BS), and Baia dei Turchi Beach in Otranto (LE).
Within every census, FAI and Intesa Sanpaolo select some of the most referred places – according to how necessary the intervention is, its positive impact on the community, but also to the participation of citizens and local institutions – so to act concretely through proper recovery interventions.
Fifth national census
The whole of Italy is a place of the heart: each Italian can recognise himself or herself in the beauty, diversity and uniqueness of its places.
In 2010, FAI in collaboration with Intesa Sanpaolo, has invited the citizens to refer a location they wanted to be discovered, known, loved: a place that would restitute them their sense of belonging to the truest Italy. The response has been exceptional: 464.649 referrals were received: an extraordinary result that confirms the census’ relevance.
Download the ranking of the most voted places of 2010
Fourth national census
Fourth national census “Places I Love”, dedicated to the abominations that disfigure our beautiful Italy.
This was the concept of the fourth edition of the census. Whereas through the years it had collected referrals of beautiful, perhaps endangered locations with the potential of being rescued, in 2008 it asked citizens to signal those places that stood as a testimony of the hurt caused by the unwitting human intervention that has comprised their beauty.
Abandoned concrete skeletons, forests of street signs and improvised gazebos in historical town centres, posters ruining the views, abusive parking lots, graffitis on artistic monuments, woods of satellite dishes and aerials: these are only a few examples of how mindless urban development damages the places in which we live.
For this edition, too, the response of the Italian citizens was huge: more than 115.000 people concretely took action and returned an image of the many ways in which Italy is hurt.
Download the ranking of the most voted places of 2008
Third national census
The 2006 third edition of the census “Places I Love” was entirely dedicated to natural locations, which are a very important good of our country, albeit sadly often at risk because of the attacks it suffers from pollution, speculation, and carelessness.
The response to the third census was even bigger than that of previous editions: 119.220 Italians took part to the initiative through 2000 branches of Intesa Sanpaolo.
Download the ranking of the most voted places of 2006
Second national census
The 2004 census was characterised by an extraordinary, yet unexpected, number of subscriptions, which quadrupled that of the previous edition, in 2003: 92.468 Italians joined the initiative by referring the places they loved and that they wanted to be known and protected.
Following the success of 2004, censuses started to be planned biennially, every time proposing a different theme, so to ensure an adequate evaluation and valorisation of all the referrals received and enlarge the field of action, together with the ever increasing potential of “Places I Love”.
Download the ranking of the most voted places of 2004
First national census
This was the concept of the campaign promoted by the first “Places I Love” census, promoted by FAI in collaboration with Intesa Sanpaolo.
From the onset, the census gathered the participation and the interest of many citizens: 24.200 referrals were received by FAI, through which Italians declared their love, and often their worries, for our artistic, monumental and natural heritage.
Download the ranking of the most voted places of 2003
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