Coming from the train station, the first part of the old town you will see will be a corner of the old city wall. This corner is decorated with a coat of arms of Pope Julius III. The city walls on this side are still preserved and only interrupted by the entrance at Via Arco Augusto. From inside, you ca see the Bastiona Sangallo at this place. This...more
The former chruch of San Francesco is now a mausoleum for the Malatesta family. The Malatestas chose the church as their burial place when it was still in use. Later, the tombs were transferred into the Portico of the church. The effigies and the smaller figures are worth to note. I don’t know, if the inner of the church (now a ruin) is open for...more
Built in 1229, in a time where a transistion between romanesque and gothic style took place, the Palazzo della Podestá is the most impressive building on the Piazza XX Settembre. This buildings was also object to alterations during the centuries, but while its exterior remained almost unchanged, the interior was completely redesigned with...more
To the northwest of the old town, there is an old fortress from the 15th century. It was built by Matteo Nuti on order of Sigismondo Malatesta. It was once the most important part of Fano’s defense structures and was preserved well into the 20th century. During WWII, it was partly destroyed by bombings and today, only a few buildings can be seen....more
Fano’s small cathedral dates back to the year 1140, when it was finished. The cathedral stands on the site of a former church which was destroyed by a fire in 1111. The alterations made during the following centuries were mostly limited to the addition or refurbishment of chapels, so that the façade is kept entirely in romanesque style. The most...more
To the southwestern side of the town, new fortifications were built in the middle ages as the town became object to attacks from surrounding powers. The porta maggiore was built in 1227 as the main city gate and was altered several times during the following centuries. While the neighbouring Nutti bastion, a defense structure named after its...more
The beautiful arch of Augustus stands on the southwestern side of the old town. It was erected in the year 9 AD, made of white istrian stone. To the left and to the right of the main gate, two smaller gates can be seen. The stone on top of the main gate had an ornament with some animal on it, but nobody knows which kind of animal it was. In fornt...more
Getting out to the northeastern side of the train station, you can access beach and beach promenade. It will take a little walk along a parking lot, but it is not that far. The beach is nice and everything doesn’t look as spoiled as in Rimini. Unfortunately, I don’t have the smallest clue how it looks like in high season as I was there in April....more
Moretta is a popular drink in Fano - it's coffee mixed with liquor that originated from the sailors who frequent the Fano port. It's thick and has a kick to it - definitely try it at one of the local cafes for something unique to the area! The place I'd recommend trying it at is the original cafe itself - when you're at the port, you see it right...more
Specialising in seafood and pizza's, this restaurant is popular with the locals.
Favorite Dish: The house pizza is pretty good!
Cousy multicolor place where you can share a drink with friends, meet local artists, meet newcomers and old habituees... In downtown Fano, just across the Comune / Tomba Malatestiana.
Have a beer, a cup of coffee, or one of the great ""drinks of the night"".
You can also taste something to eat, for free :D
Dress Code: No special dress code
Fano is located on the Rimini-Ancona railway. Most regional train and few interregional trains stop there, granting hourly service in every direction. Some northbound services only run until Pesaro where you will have further connections.
This is a question many people argue about before they go travelling in southern Europe. "Do they greet with two or three cheek kisses?"Mostly people think that it's always three. The fact is, that three kisses is the French way, but in Italy they do only two kisses to greet. Remember this when you greet people, or they will think you have a crush...more
How to eat it?This is surprisingly important. There are some dangers in eating ice cream. They have to do with messing yourself up and not looking elegant while eating your ice-cream. ;). Here I have listed them and given some tips how to avoid these dangers.1. The gelato melts faster than you can eat it.In all gelaterías they have spoons. They...more
And the ice-cream tastes?Now it is neccessary to talk a bit about the tastes.Since there is so many tastes to choose from, I can't possibly list them all here and explain what they are. Some gelati have names like "Banana" or "Cioccolato", and those are easy, but here I'll give some very basic tastes that have italian names.Fior di Latte.The word...more
The sun is lovely and we all think of it as a friend and a giver of life, but take notice that it can be also harmful! If you don't want to burn yourself very badly, use sunblock. Of course a tan is adorable, and don't worry about tanning yourself, but at least put sunblock on your back and nose. They are the first to burn.more
This is probably a commonly known fact in most countries, but since I come from Finland, where tapwater is drinkable, I just want to put this tip here anyway.So, don't drink tap water, it is not clean. People buy water from all grocery stores and all "tabaccherias", tobacco shops (see General Tips). Water is quite cheap anyway. :Dmore
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Favorite thing: If you see the signs “chiesa” close to the train station, don’t even think about following them. You will be led closer to the coast and instead of an interesting renaissance or medieval church, you will see this building from the second half of the 20th century. Perhaps, when I become old and wizened it will become interesting – today it’s just a boring 19something church.