Three good things to do in Fano

An idea to discover Fano, the third largest city in the Marche region in the province of Pesaro - Urbino.

Are you planning a vacation in Fano?

If you are looking for a destination for a history and culture trip with museums, churches and monuments to discover, good food, a clean, family-friendly, welcoming sea and, not far from the historic center, rich and lush nature, you are in the right place. The City of Little Girls and Little Boys can offer you an all-around tourist experience.

We today suggest three things to do in Fano, although there are many more, which we are sure will not disappoint. Ready?

1. A romantic stroll through Fano’s historic center.

We begin with the historic center of Fano, which still traces the ancient Roman urban layout of Fanum Fortunae, with the main streets of the cardo and decumanus and the orthogonal axes that gradually developed all around it.

It is precisely this dense network of small streets that is one of the most striking and undiscovered parts of the city’s historic center. Here’s a little taste of it!

Cavour Street and the Piatelletti district, named for the presence of the church of the same name, which no longer exists, and which owes its name to the floor formed by square ceramic saucers with designs different from each other. The neighborhood consists of:

  • Tomassini Street,
  • via Tomani,
  • via Hope,
  • Monaldi Street,
  • via della Vica
  • via del Vasaro

and is characterized by small streets with colorful small houses very close together.

We also point out Via Rinalducci, a small alley in front of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, where you will find the small church of San Pietro in Episcopio, also known as San Piruschin in Fanese dialect, the oldest church in the city.

But it certainly does not end there. The historic center is full of many other very picturesque alleys:

Via Garibaldi, also known as the Street of the Cherry Trees; Via San Francesco with the charming former Church of St. Francis, lacking its roof. Here is an in-depth study>

The Pincio Hill and the grandiose Arch of Augustus.

But what we have shown you so far is only a small selection, you will also be discovering ever new, unique and picturesque corners and views as you stroll through the historic center of the City of Vitruvius.

2. Indulge in a moment of relaxation at the Hermitage of Mount Jupiter.

“Place of peace and serenity, of silences and meditation. Of contacts between Earth and Heaven, of interconnections with infinite time and space, with the Divine present in the Whole.”

This is the feeling one gets upon entering the Hermitage of Mount Jupiter. A unique and striking place that stands on the first hills a few kilometers from the historic center of Fano. It belongs to the Camaldolese Congregation of the Order of St. Benedict, which passionately cares for it today, to the rhythm of the Ora et Labora rule.

Inside to welcome you is the Church of St. Savior, a garden, guest quarters, pharmacy and library, monks’ cottages and a panoramic terrace that opens over the city and runs along the Metaurus Valley to the Apennines.

The Hermitage of Mount Jupiter can be reached directly by car from the hamlet of Rosciano or even on foot, although the last stretch is quite steep. An alternative, easier and suitable for everyone, is to park the car at the base of the Hermitage and from there continue on foot.

3. A taste journey with Moretta

Do you know the Moretta? We are talking about the typical drink of Fano, made from coffee and a mixture of liqueurs that is served in a small glass cup.

Drinking moretta is a ritual in the city; this coffee-based elixir, divided into three layers, carries with it the city’s identity and also a bit of mystery about its origins. Some say it originated in the old town, some say it originated on fishermen’s boats, but what is certain is that it fully represents Fano tradition.

But let’s find out the recipe together:

a mixture in parts Varnelli or Mistrà (anise liqueurs), rum and brandy. The liquor mix should be heated with sugar and a lemon (or orange) peel until the sugar is dissolved. Next, espresso coffee is added, letting it go down gently so as not to mix with the liquor and to maintain the three layers, from the bottom: liquor, coffee, coffee foam(

But did you know that it can also be prepared at home? Here’s how>

We recommend that you drink it at the harbor and be carried away by the taste, charm and history of life and people of this vibrant part of the city. Here is what you will find:

  • The commercial port that houses fishing and clamming boats. An area full of color and life, with characteristic fishermen’s cottages overlooking the sea, the two long beaches, one pebbly, the other sandy, restaurants and hotels.
  • El Gugul, the symbolic place of Fanese fishermen. A small street on Vincenzo Franceschini Street that gets its name from the funnel shape of the gogollo, a net used for fishing in shallow waters.
  • the Caesars’ Marina and the Lysippus Promenade, the new dock and marina capable of accommodating 420 boats, flanked by the Lysippus Promenade, a very picturesque promenade directly overlooking the sea
  • Trabucchi, typical folk architecture constructions used for shore fishing.

Cover image: Sabrina Casson

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