If you are like me and like to wander around the backstreets of towns and villages, I can highly recommend to do this extensively in Fabriano as well. I was amazed of how many beautiful partly old frescoes I saw at walls or in little shrines. Many of them have religious themes, mostly the Madonna (photos 3-5), some have reference to the art skills of Fabriano’s people and I even saw a very modern fresco-mural in a vault leading to a courtyard (photo 1). I especially liked the one in photo 2, which shows the skills of “alfresco” painting. This is located just behind the loggiato (between loggiato and Palazzo del Comune).
While walking through the city, I came across many reliefs of blacksmiths at houses’ walls so I tried to find out their relevance. It seems that it was based on a kind of “mistranslation”: Fabertus was a wealthy Roman man who owned land here during Medieval times. “Faber” however, as in Homo Faber, working man of man the smith, would also stand for blacksmith. And as many blacksmiths settled here, they soon became part of Fabriano’s coat of arms.