Roman Fano: The visit to Roman Fano starts from the Arch of Augustus and goes on to the Augustan Walls and to the gate called Porta della Mandria. Of particular interest are the imposing remnants of walls found under the church and the convent of Sant’Agostino. The Archaeological Museum of the Malatesta Palace houses a very rich collection.
Medieval Fano: The first monuments to visit are the Porta Maggiore gate and the Bastion, both designed by the architect Matteo Nuti and built to protect the city under the rule of the Malatesta family. When entering the city centre, you can visit the cathedral and then go on to the main square, Piazza XX Settembre, where the Palazzo del Podestà, built in 1299, is located.
Renaissance Fano: You can visit a number of churches housing important paintings, a number of buildings of great historical significance and the Bastione Sangallo, a military structure built to protect the city from Saracen sea raids.
Baroque Fano: One of the most significant examples of Baroque art in Fano is the beautiful church of San Pietro in Valle: a gallery of gold, stuccoes, marbles and paintings, and one of the most interesting Baroque churches in the Marche region. Another example of Baroque style is the Nolfi chapel, frescoed by Il Domenichino and located within the cathedral.
Museums: The collections of the city of Fano are housed in the monumental Malatesta Palace, which contains the Pinacoteca, housing true masterpieces, the Archaeological Section, the Ceramics Section and the Numismatics Section. The museums belonging to the Cassa di Risparmio di Fano Foundation and to the Diocese of Fano are also part and parcel of the artistic and historical heritage of the city.
The port and the sea: Fano is a perfect seaside resort, with its certified bathing water quality, its shallow and safe sea, hotels and camping sites at a short distance away from the beaches, and restaurants where you can enjoy excellent fish, as is done in a city with a long tradition of fishing. There is also a tourist port, set up to meet all requirements of comfort and safety.
The Marche city of Fano, in the province of Pesaro and Urbino (and just a short distance south of the Emilia Romagna region) stands on the Adriatic coast at the mouth of the River Metauro, only a stone's throw away from the Marche countryside.
It is linked by an excellent road and rail network from the north and south, with the SS.16 Adriatic Coastal road, the A14 motorway and the Bologna-Ancona mainline railway.
Rome can be reached easily along the SS.3 Via Flaminia with a rail connection via Falconara and Orte.
Fano is 45 kilometres away from Raffaello Sanzio Airport at Falconara (Ancona) where there are daily flights to and from many national and international destinations.
Fano is ideal as a centre for exploring cities rich in history and art. The splendid Renaissance city of Urbino is only 50 kilometres away while other nearby towns include Gradara Castle (where the famous love affair between Paolo and Francesca da Rimini reached its tragic end), the impregnable fortress of San Leo where Count Cagliostro died in prison, the city of Pergola which houses a unique group of Gilded Bronze statues and the Frasassi caves with its tour through extraordinary caves of stalagmites and stalactites.
For pilgrims, there is also the famous Sanctuary of the Virgin Mary at Loreto, one of the major pilgrimage destinations during the year 2000 Jubilee and, a short distance away, the Umbrian city of Assisi, where St Francis was born.