Fano, not only sea...

The city of Fano and its neighborhood could offer events and hospitality.

The city is also known as Fanum Fortunae - a Latin name that brings about the temple of goddess Fortuna: in the Tabula Peutingeriana, a twelfth century copy of a Roman road map, where there is the name Fanum Fortunae there is the figure of a temple: therefore they are evidence of the historical roots of Roman period.

The Arch of the Emperor Augusto - the main gate to enter the Colonia Iulia Fanestris for people who came from Flaminia Consular Road - is a passage you can't miss: the upper part of this Arch was damaged by Federico of Montefeltro, when he bombarded the city in 1463: he conquered the city in that year.

When you are walking around the historic centre of Fano, it is worth visiting the Cathedral of S. Maria Assunta and the church of S. Maria Nuova: at the interior of this church there are "The Visitation" by Giovanni Santi, Raffaello's father, "The Annunciation" and "The Enthroned Madonna with Child, St John the Baptist, St Ludovico of Tolosa, St Francis, St Peter, St Paul, St Mary Magdalene" by Pietro Vannucci, known as Perugino.

The Corte Malatestiana building, which overlooks 20 Settembre Square had been for a long time the place where the events of Malatesta family happened: at present, it hosts the Civic Museum.

If you would like to continue your pleasant walk around Fano, you could also arrive to the sea on foot: the city of Fano has obtained since many years the blue flag: it refers to the good quality of water and seaside services: a committee gives this blue flag to a city, when there is no pollution.

The two beaches of Fano - Lido and Sassonia - are popular with tourists and in the evening they are full of young revellers. Either during summer months or in winter there are festivals and historical parades: these events make your stay in this coastal city of the Adriatic even more pleasant: in July the "Fano dei Cesari" festival: it is an event in which most the inhabitants of Fano take part: they invoke the rich extravagant Roman period.

In winter there is the oldest Carnival - the oldest in Italy - "beautiful to see - sweet to taste": every year, for four consecutive Sundays between February and March, the Carnival floats - full of dancing people and colourful figures - pass through the streets of the city, throwing quantity of sweets at the people attending Carnival. The Carnival floats are pulled by farm tractors.

It is an explosion of colours and music.

By Paolo Perugini