Fondazione Zegna has been supporting FAI, Italy’s National Trust, in restoring Podere Case Lovara in Punta Mesco, a rural area in the Italian region of Liguria. Located in the Cinque Terre National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the 45 hectares of farmland include three buildings.
This week marked the opening of Podere Case Lovara to the public, after completion of the first part of the restoration, focusing on the renovation of two buildings — dating to the 18th and early 20th centuries — and the regeneration of the surrounding area.
The goal is to bring people back to Punta Mesco after 20 years of abandonment and to reinstate the practice of agriculture, simultaneously enriching visitors’ experiences. To this end, the second part of the works will focus on the completion of a small farm-holiday complex with bedrooms, bathrooms, camping options and a catering area, opening to the public next year.
Once fully operational, Podere Case Lovara will be a traditional farm with a farm-holiday complex that will be environmentally sustainable.
Lucart Group, Ikea Italia and Deutche Post Foundation also contributed to the project.