Guidebook for Fabriano

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Guidebook for Fabriano

UNESCO heritage and must do 1 day trips

Renaissance town, UNESCO heritage, marvellous Palace of the Dukes of Montefeltro with paintings from Raphael, masterpiece woodwork in the office of the Duke.
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우르비노
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Renaissance town, UNESCO heritage, marvellous Palace of the Dukes of Montefeltro with paintings from Raphael, masterpiece woodwork in the office of the Duke.
Impressive caverns, among the largest in Europe in a beatiful gorge and natural park. Visit the caves, see the Romanesque church and Roman bridge, modern thermal facility, take scenic trekking trails.
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Grotte Di Frasassi
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Impressive caverns, among the largest in Europe in a beatiful gorge and natural park. Visit the caves, see the Romanesque church and Roman bridge, modern thermal facility, take scenic trekking trails.

To see in Fabriano

Fabriano has a medieval center, beautiful artwork in its many historic churches, unique museums and great food scene! It is a UNESCO creative city for craftsmanship.
Fabriano was founded in the middle ages, and became a prosperous center for paper making, bringing breakthrough changes to the technology. It was part of the Pope State of Central Italy and governed at times by local lords, or people’s elected Podestà (Governors). This story of centuries is told by our many churches, remarkable artwork by Gentileschi, Guercino, Donatello, Bellini and Gothic frescos by Allegretto di Nunzio. The town was the birthplace of Gentile da Fabriano, Italy's greatest master of the late 14th Century International Gothic style of painting. His rare paintings are now in Florence, Paris and New York. In the early '900 Fabriano was a prominent industrial centre thanks to its paper factory and several mills along the river, in this period the architect Giulio Meloni left his heritage of art deco and eclectic style.
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Fabriano
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Fabriano was founded in the middle ages, and became a prosperous center for paper making, bringing breakthrough changes to the technology. It was part of the Pope State of Central Italy and governed at times by local lords, or people’s elected Podestà (Governors). This story of centuries is told by our many churches, remarkable artwork by Gentileschi, Guercino, Donatello, Bellini and Gothic frescos by Allegretto di Nunzio. The town was the birthplace of Gentile da Fabriano, Italy's greatest master of the late 14th Century International Gothic style of painting. His rare paintings are now in Florence, Paris and New York. In the early '900 Fabriano was a prominent industrial centre thanks to its paper factory and several mills along the river, in this period the architect Giulio Meloni left his heritage of art deco and eclectic style.
San Domenico, next to the Paper Museum, used to be a church; contrary to other churches in Fabriano it fully remained in the original Gothic style; it is possible to visit the Cappella di Sant’Orsola with beautiful frescoes from 1300's by Allegretto di Nunzio a follower of Giotto, depicting the story of the martir Sant'Orsola and beatiful sagresty frescoes. In the main hall a statue of a monk by Donatello.
San Domenico
Largo Fratelli Spacca
San Domenico, next to the Paper Museum, used to be a church; contrary to other churches in Fabriano it fully remained in the original Gothic style; it is possible to visit the Cappella di Sant’Orsola with beautiful frescoes from 1300's by Allegretto di Nunzio a follower of Giotto, depicting the story of the martir Sant'Orsola and beatiful sagresty frescoes. In the main hall a statue of a monk by Donatello.
Oratorio della Carità with frescoes by Urbino's renaissance painter Filippo Bellini. Free entrance 2 steps from the central square, beautiful Gothic portal, great location near the Loggiato di San Francesco overlooking the central square. Gli ospiti italiani riconosceranno qui l'ingresso del convento della serie "Che Dio ci aiuti"
Oratorio della Carita
31 Via Cesare Battisti
Oratorio della Carità with frescoes by Urbino's renaissance painter Filippo Bellini. Free entrance 2 steps from the central square, beautiful Gothic portal, great location near the Loggiato di San Francesco overlooking the central square. Gli ospiti italiani riconosceranno qui l'ingresso del convento della serie "Che Dio ci aiuti"
Dating back from XIII century, the interior was remodeled in baroque style after the 1700's earthquake, the church is remarkable for its beautiful Gothic portal and its frescoed Gothic chapels. Open early in the morning.
Chiesa di Sant'Agostino
130 Via Ramelli
Dating back from XIII century, the interior was remodeled in baroque style after the 1700's earthquake, the church is remarkable for its beautiful Gothic portal and its frescoed Gothic chapels. Open early in the morning.
Built in 1636 as worship place for the Fraternity of Gonfalone, the building has a wonderful interior with wooded gilded ceiling "a cassettoni" (panelled ceiling). PLAN YOUR VISIT: Check at the tourist office for opening times. The place is adjacent to the Museum of "pianoforte storico" (historic pianos museum) visit on appointment on Fridays and Saturdays, to the Chiesa di San Benedetto (ask at the Cathedral when it is possible to visit it) and to the exhibit of presepies (ask the tourist office for visiting times).
Oratorio del Gonfalone
Via Portella
Built in 1636 as worship place for the Fraternity of Gonfalone, the building has a wonderful interior with wooded gilded ceiling "a cassettoni" (panelled ceiling). PLAN YOUR VISIT: Check at the tourist office for opening times. The place is adjacent to the Museum of "pianoforte storico" (historic pianos museum) visit on appointment on Fridays and Saturdays, to the Chiesa di San Benedetto (ask at the Cathedral when it is possible to visit it) and to the exhibit of presepies (ask the tourist office for visiting times).
Baroque church with beautiful frescoes originally built in XII, was rebuilt in 1630. From the original church a wooden statue remains of S.Nicola, beautiful facade with upper loggia. Frescoes by Guercino (S. Michele arcangelo**), Filippo Bellini, Andrea Sacchi (S. Giovanni Battista), Giacinto Brandi (Morte di S. Anna). A beautiful cloister is attached.
Parrocchia di San Nicolò
Piazza Benedetto Cairoli
Baroque church with beautiful frescoes originally built in XII, was rebuilt in 1630. From the original church a wooden statue remains of S.Nicola, beautiful facade with upper loggia. Frescoes by Guercino (S. Michele arcangelo**), Filippo Bellini, Andrea Sacchi (S. Giovanni Battista), Giacinto Brandi (Morte di S. Anna). A beautiful cloister is attached.

Museums in Fabriano

Art, music and cultural heritage, Fabriano's museums are for the whole family!
Museum of Paper and Watermark an interesting visit for all ages. Located in the beautiful former convent of San Domenico, it tells the story of Fabriano paper making in the middle ages and its incredible inventions and craftmanship.
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Paper and Watermark Museum Fabriano
2 Largo Fratelli Spacca
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Museum of Paper and Watermark an interesting visit for all ages. Located in the beautiful former convent of San Domenico, it tells the story of Fabriano paper making in the middle ages and its incredible inventions and craftmanship.
Would you like to hear Mozart played on the piano for which his music was written? You can in this museum of historic piano. Visits by appointments on Friday and Saturday, the guided tours include music playing.
Museo del Pianoforte Storico e del Suono
9 Piazza Francesco Fabi Altini
Would you like to hear Mozart played on the piano for which his music was written? You can in this museum of historic piano. Visits by appointments on Friday and Saturday, the guided tours include music playing.
Ancient bicycles museum, a unique collection memories from when each job was done on a bicycle: barber, veterinarian, shoe maker,...
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자전거 공예 박물관
12 Via XX Settembre
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Ancient bicycles museum, a unique collection memories from when each job was done on a bicycle: barber, veterinarian, shoe maker,...
ART GALLERY Free entrance fine art ehxibits, nearby the bicycles museum, notice the medieval doorways of the biulding facing the gallery.
Collezione Ruggeri-Mannucci
38A Via Le Conce
ART GALLERY Free entrance fine art ehxibits, nearby the bicycles museum, notice the medieval doorways of the biulding facing the gallery.
Hosted in one of the most remarkable buildings of late gothic architecture of the Marche region, with its beautiful cloister. The collections feature paintings and sculptures from Romanesque, Gothic up to the Renaissance of relevant local artists such as Allegretto di Nuzi, Simone de Magistris, Antonio da Fabriano, Orazio Gentileschi. The adjacent Church of "Santa Maria del Buon Gesù", part of the building complex that hosts the Public Art Gallery, preserves the painting c.a. 1456 by Maestro di Staffolo, that represents the "Madonna in adoration of the Child". A modern art collection has been donated by Esther Merloni.
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Civic Picture Gallery
II Piazza Papa Giovanni Paolo
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Hosted in one of the most remarkable buildings of late gothic architecture of the Marche region, with its beautiful cloister. The collections feature paintings and sculptures from Romanesque, Gothic up to the Renaissance of relevant local artists such as Allegretto di Nuzi, Simone de Magistris, Antonio da Fabriano, Orazio Gentileschi. The adjacent Church of "Santa Maria del Buon Gesù", part of the building complex that hosts the Public Art Gallery, preserves the painting c.a. 1456 by Maestro di Staffolo, that represents the "Madonna in adoration of the Child". A modern art collection has been donated by Esther Merloni.

Food Scene

Foodie? Fabriano is your place with several restaurants for all tastes, most in the beautiful historic center. The places in this list are only a sample, try out any other place that is in your path, you will not be deluded! On Saturday nights it is recommended to reserve ahead especially for families or large parties.
Vicinissimo a casa San Filippo, offre pietanze selezionate di ottima qualità per ogni palato e prezzo.
Il Piacere Della Carne
20 Via G. B. Miliani
Vicinissimo a casa San Filippo, offre pietanze selezionate di ottima qualità per ogni palato e prezzo.
Ottimo pesce, pizza e piatti italiani. Not only pizza, don't miss its famous seafood pasta!
Ristorante Pizzeria Lara
4 Via delle Fontanelle
Ottimo pesce, pizza e piatti italiani. Not only pizza, don't miss its famous seafood pasta!
Ottimo pane, dolci e pizze
Panificio La Spiga
18 Via Vincenzo Gioberti
Ottimo pane, dolci e pizze
very varied menu, fine quality at convenient prices, in the summer it has outdoor tables. Good to try unsual Italian cuisine
Ristorante Nonna Rina
25 Piazza Garibaldi
very varied menu, fine quality at convenient prices, in the summer it has outdoor tables. Good to try unsual Italian cuisine
Enoteque gourmet light full menu each dish comes with its wine. Good if you want to be surprised
Enoteca Simona
84 Via Vincenzo Gioberti
Enoteque gourmet light full menu each dish comes with its wine. Good if you want to be surprised
Traditional Italian cuisine, a families favourite, sticks to tradition. Does also take away
Taverna Da Ivo
16 Via Vittorio Veneto
Traditional Italian cuisine, a families favourite, sticks to tradition. Does also take away

Drinks & Nightlife

accogliente e intimo in pieno centro offer buon vino e musica dal vivo
Lo Sverso
59 Via Balbo
accogliente e intimo in pieno centro offer buon vino e musica dal vivo
Ottime colazione all'italiana e vasta scelta do spuntini dolci e salati. Da non perdere il gelato.
Bar del Piano
4 Piazza dei Partigiani
Ottime colazione all'italiana e vasta scelta do spuntini dolci e salati. Da non perdere il gelato.

Day trips

Hilltop villages, art, nature and lifestyles for you to discover
Off the beaten track Rasiglia, the little Venice of Umbria. Founded next to three springs, it has clear waters lapping houses and poetic lakes in place of squares. Rasiglia is also home to important cultural heritage – such as the Trinci Castle and the Sanctuary of the Madonna of the Graces, with its 15th-century frescoes. Its rivers provided energy for old fulling mills, grain mills, wool and dying factories, now industrial archaeology sites.
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Rasiglia station
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Off the beaten track Rasiglia, the little Venice of Umbria. Founded next to three springs, it has clear waters lapping houses and poetic lakes in place of squares. Rasiglia is also home to important cultural heritage – such as the Trinci Castle and the Sanctuary of the Madonna of the Graces, with its 15th-century frescoes. Its rivers provided energy for old fulling mills, grain mills, wool and dying factories, now industrial archaeology sites.
At the feet of Mount Catria 700m above sea level a monastery dating from the X century (ad 980). Beautiful scriptorium one of the few to remain as originally built, Dante Alighieri was a guest here and wrote about the location in the Divine Comedy.
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Fonte Avellana
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At the feet of Mount Catria 700m above sea level a monastery dating from the X century (ad 980). Beautiful scriptorium one of the few to remain as originally built, Dante Alighieri was a guest here and wrote about the location in the Divine Comedy.
1566 meters over sea level home of Monte Cucco Regional Park, easy to reach, 120 km of marked trails, plenty of scenic walks, and nice restaurant in Val di Ranco. Famous throughout Europe for spectacular hang gliding conditions, it is possible to book a hang gliding experience for beginners. The eastern side of the park is punctuated by spectacular rocky gorges and woods, like the Valle delle Prigioni and the Gola del Rio Freddo. Inside the mountain there are kilometres of underground caverns of incomparable beauty, a paradise for spelunkers and speleologists. It is possible to book canyoning experiences. In the are there are There are 4 Benedictine and Camaldolian abbeys which can be visited as part of the Holy Spirit trail: The Sant’Emiliano Abbey in Congiuntoli The Saint Jerome Hermitage in Pascelupo The Sitria Abbey at Isola Fossara The Fonte Avellana Hermitage (see separate entry).
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Monte Cucco
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1566 meters over sea level home of Monte Cucco Regional Park, easy to reach, 120 km of marked trails, plenty of scenic walks, and nice restaurant in Val di Ranco. Famous throughout Europe for spectacular hang gliding conditions, it is possible to book a hang gliding experience for beginners. The eastern side of the park is punctuated by spectacular rocky gorges and woods, like the Valle delle Prigioni and the Gola del Rio Freddo. Inside the mountain there are kilometres of underground caverns of incomparable beauty, a paradise for spelunkers and speleologists. It is possible to book canyoning experiences. In the are there are There are 4 Benedictine and Camaldolian abbeys which can be visited as part of the Holy Spirit trail: The Sant’Emiliano Abbey in Congiuntoli The Saint Jerome Hermitage in Pascelupo The Sitria Abbey at Isola Fossara The Fonte Avellana Hermitage (see separate entry).
Romanesque Abbey wth frescoes in a beautiful hilly landscape. Stop to eat at the nearby Locanda
St. Urbano's Abbey
3 Contrada Sant’Urbano
Romanesque Abbey wth frescoes in a beautiful hilly landscape. Stop to eat at the nearby Locanda