The ancient Roman seaside town of Fano lies on the Adriatic coast, 12km south of Pesaro. This fascinating resort really does offer something for everyone. Beach lovers can enjoy its miles of wide sandy beaches, lined with parasols and loungers, waterfront restaurants and bars. But head further into town and you will find a buzzing historical centre packed with piazzas and palaces, just waiting to be explored.
What to do
Starting in the historic town, enter through the impressive Arco di Augusto. This impressive Roman gate lies at the entrance to this walled town and leads on to the streets beyond. Grab a gelato from the shop situated at the entrance. Looking back through the gate, take in the impressive views of the Adriatic sea framed through this ancient structure.
Stop off at Fano cathedral. Dating back to the 10th century the cathedral has a typical Romanesque style façade whilst the interior is constructed of many massive pillars and houses some notable sculptures.
Further in town head to Piazza September. A picturesque square full of people and atmosphere with a fountain at its centre. Grab a seat in one of the surrounding bars and restaurants and watch the world go by.
For beach lovers head to one of Fano's famous beaches. To the south lies the Spiaggia Sassonia, a long stretch of pebbly beach with a wide promenade. The north lies Spiaggia Lido, a wide beach with golden sand and warm shallow waters, perfect for children. It is well equipped with sun loungers, umbrellas and play areas. This beach is particularly popular in the evening thanks to its long promenade lined with bars and restaurants. Between the two beaches lies a small fishing harbour.
On the waterfront north of faro you will find a 12km bicycle lane that stretches all the way to Pesaro.
Where to eat
For the freshest of seafood Pesce Azzuro cannot be beaten. This canteen style fish restaurant is always packed with locals and tourists alike. Load up your try with the fresh catch, bread and local wine before grabbing a table. Incredibly good -value and always fresh and generous portions.
For traditional local fare try Trattoria La Quinta. This long-established trattoria has slowly expanded over the years but still retains the same rustic charm, plastic chequered tablecloths and a menu entirely in Italian. Try local delicacies such as sea snails with wild fennel. Incredibly popular with locals, booking at the weekends is essential.
For excellent, great value pizzas head to Pizzeria del Corso. Situated in the old town this popular pizzeria uses the freshest ingredients and interesting taste combinations. Grab by the pizza or slice and enjoy to take away or on one of the small tables located outside.
For beachfront dining try the up and coming AlMare Ristorante. Enjoy innovative cooking using local seasonal ingredients. Book ahead for a table in their outdoor seating area.
How to get there
The nearest airport is located at Marche/Ancona (48km) and served by regular Easyjet and Ryanair flights from the UK. From the airport it is possible to get a train into town in just over 30 mins (with a change at Ancona). The next nearest airports are located at Rimini (56km) and Umbria - Perugia (129km)and Bologna (167km)
There is a train station located in the centre of town which is well connected to local towns and resorts as well as to the major Italian cities.
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