This is very basic for most people in the world, so this tip is dedicated to Finnish people (see my Rovaniemi Local Customs Tip about shoes if you're not Finnish).
In Italy they wear shoes inside. When you go into someone's house, make sure you're shoes are clean, but generally you don't have to take them off! If you REALLY need to take your shoes off, ask the host if he minds.
My Second Home
"THIS PAGE IS A WORK IN PROGRESS..."
Fano is my husband's hometown - we visit as often as we can to stay with his wonderful parents, Mario and Itala, and enjoy the tranquil, easygoing town that it is. We have gone sailing off of Fano several times since Mario purchased a boat last year and it's wonderful out on the Adriatic. This seaside town is known for its port and its new marina, as well as its several beaches - from sand to pebbles - along the Adriatic. During the summer, it gets touristy with many Europeans coming by to stay in its resorts and hotels. Fano is a short drive away from Pesaro, a larger town, and also to Riccione and Ancona. Fano's countryside is beautiful and there are many, many great family-run trattorias on the hillside.
I'm slowly putting together this page, I need to gather more photos but I will steadily be adding tips and photos. I will do my best to include directions to the campagna trattorias as they are hard to find but definitely worth to try!
"The Center of Fano"
The center is always bustling with activity - during the day, people are out shopping, lunching at the various open cafes, and running their errands. In the early afternoon of summer the center rests while shops close for late lunch and then the shopkeepers come back to reopen in the early evening. The area is bustling until the late hours as people enjoy dinner, gelato, or just plain window shopping and people watching. There are plenty of shops from Benetton to jewelry stores to trendy ones. When you're at a cafe, order a moretta - a coffee mixed with liquor that originated in Fano.
"Beach & Sea"
The most popular beaches are Lido and Sassonia. With Lido, you must have a spot rented - has an umbrella and a couple of cots, you can pay extra on days you need more - and from what I understand, those are all sold out through the year. Sassonia is a public beach, that's the pebble beach which is also very popular with the young crowds. Water sports are popular, what comes to mind is windsurfing as my husband windsurfed regularly growing up. As with many beaches in Italy, there are plenty of storage areas that you can rent out for your equipment. At the beaches, there are plenty of areas for the kids to play in, like a pool with slides, a playground, volleyball courts, basketball courts, etc. Really won't have a hard time to find something to do to enjoy the sunny weather!