Fano and Surroundings
FANO: seaside city, inhabited by fishermen and sailors for centuries. Fano, city of art, nestled between the hills and sea and proud of its long history. Fano, a small city with a big heart, renowned for its hospitality.
Fano, a city that takes the environmental protection of the air, sea, hills and urban areas seriously with awards to its name. Fano, which loves children and listens to them. Fano turns out to be a very pleasant surprise for those who don’t yet know it. It is an enchanting spot and once you visit, you will want to return again and again. It was known as “Fanum Fortunae” in Roman times and is now one of the most popular seaside resorts on the Adriatic coast, as well as being a big fishing port. The main sights include the Arco d‘Augusto [Arch of Augustus], the Roman walls that are still mostly intact, and the Rocca Malatestiana [Malatesta family fortress]. The award of the European blue flag places the city among the 100 best seaside resorts of Italy.
Fano is the ideal starting point for trips to fascinating local attractions such as:
TERME DI CARIGNANO - Carignano Spa: (6 km from Fano)
The Carignano Spa is located in the green hills between Fano and Pesaro, just a few kilometres from the sea and is surrounded by a beautiful park. The salutary properties of its waters have made this spa a haven for those who wish to benefit from their numerous health-giving properties in a quiet, relaxing environment.
PESARO: (12 km.)
Pesaro is the joint capital of the Pesaro-Urbino Province, where Fano is located. It is the birthplace of Gioacchino Rossini, and can boast an impressive artistic-musical heritage: the Rossini theatre, the Rossini museum, the music conservatory. There is an annual Rossini music festival held in Pesaro every year (now known internationally as the "Rossini Opera Festival") in addition to an international film festival.
CARTOCETO: (15 km.)
Cartoceto is a village steeped in history and culture, surrounded by olive groves which produce the olive oil for which the area is famous.
GRADARA: (25 km.)
A medieval centre, providing the setting for the doomed lover affair between Paolo and Francesca which appears in the works of Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio and D’Annunzio. It was founded as a border military fortress in the XII century and then transformed into a noble residence for the powerful families that ruled the area: the Malatesta, Sforza and Della Rovere families. The Gradara castle is one of the most popular locations in the Marches and Italy.
It often forms the backdrop to musical and artistic events.
GOLA DEL FURLO - Furlo Gorge: (25 km.)
A little piece of paradise in the Pesaro-Urbino Province, cut by the Candigliano River that runs between the imposing limestone cliffs of the gorge, where the beauty of the surroundings is matched by the rich natural heritage of truly unusual flora and fauna.
MONDAVIO: (28 km.)
The village of Mondavio occupies a unique architectural position between the medieval and renaissance periods. The Mondavio fortress is a peerless masterpiece of military renaissance architecture.
ACQUALAGNA: (39 km.)
Acqualagna is a small town near the magnificent Furlo gorge, with a centuries-long tradition of collecting, producing and selling truffles.
SAN LEO: (39 km.)
San Leo was founded on a spur of rock with the cliffs falling sheer to the Marecchia valley and is not far from Rimini and the Republic of San Marino. The splendid fortress (XV century) was built by Francesco di Giorgio Martini and dominates the valley from the summit of its inaccessible cliffs. The village is very old and gives its name to the Montefeltro area, as it was the ancient Roman Mons Feretrius.
URBINO: (40 km.)
The ideal renaissance town. Urbino is an enchanting town with a magical atmosphere. Surrounded by the green hills of the Marches region, it represents the pinnacle of Renaissance art and architecture, and has preserved its appearance to a remarkable extent. The enchanting palace - the Ducal Palace of Urbino - stands as a symbol of this town, allowing the visitor to re-live the emotions and sensations of times long past. Urbino is a UNESCO world heritage site.
SAN MARINO: (50 km.)
Set between the Romagna and the Marches region, a few kilometres from the Adriatic coast, the Republic of San Marino extends over a surface area of just 61 km2. This tiny State boasts a history of autonomy and liberty which it has always defended with wisdom and tenacity. San Marino is an extraordinary example of independence.
THE FRASASSI CAVES: (80 km.)
The Frasassi caves represent one of the most stunning karst complexes in the world. The caves are now open to tourists all year round, and visits can be arranged with professional guides along an easy route that lasts for about one hour.