Fano and surroundings

What to do in Fano?
Itineraries to visit the northern Marche Region

The northern Marche Region is a land blessed with a splendid sea and with sweet hills, it is also rich in history and culture; this short guide is only a starting point for orientation in this enchanting area.

In addition to the beautiful beaches which are located just a few minutes’ walk from the city centre, the old town of Fano offers its visitors cultural itineraries and historical finds worthy of note. In this splendid town built on the ancient layout of the Roman colony, you can admire finds and monuments of the Roman, Medieval and Renaissance time. First of all, the Arco d'Augusto, through which you enter the city and which stands as a "guardian" of Via Flaminia. Interesting is also the visit to the subterranean Fano, an archaeological area which can be visited from June to September through guided visit of the duration of two hours, during which you can contemplate the ancient ruins of the Roman period, the amphitheatre and the former Roman market in addition to important ecclesiastic buildings such as the Church of Sant'Agostino
Remarkable are the Church and the Loggia di San Michele, the Fountain of the Fortune, the Palazzo del Podestà and the Cathedral, testimonies of a glorious past. The presence of the Malatesta family was crucial for the development of the city during the Renaissance: you can admire it in the Malatesta court, and in the Tombs Malatestiane. Do not miss the table of the Perugino painted also by Raffaello Sanzio, that can be admired in the Church of Santa Maria Nuova.

Fano is also known for the oldest Carnival in Italy, that every year delights children and adults with a blaze of carnival floats, imaginative masks and, above all, great jet of sweets on the viewers. Moreover, Fano boasts one of the most beautiful theatres in Italy with rich prose, opera and symphonic music programs.
Not far from the city there are medieval and renaissance villages, important art cities as the enchanting Urbino, a true treasure chest of filled with treasures of the renaissance and known for its Ducal Palace with its splendid torricini, ancient residence of the Dukes of Montefeltro. Urbino boasts an intact and extraordinarily beautiful historical centre and it is the birthplace of Raffaello. The delightful medieval village of Gradara with its magnificent castle Malatestiano, can be visited all year round and offers interiors furnished with antique furniture.
We recommend also a visit to Pergola, whose historic centre has been inserted between the "Most Beautiful Villages in Italy", prestigious recognition that is attributed to the villages of particular beauty and historical interest. People who love classical music instead cannot miss a visit to the "Rossini House" in Pesaro, where was born one of the most illustrious citizens of this city, the great composer Gioacchino Rossini.
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