Fabriano is a city rich of peculiarities and specialties, so why not come and visit it and, with the occasion, taste the famous Fabriano salami? Afterwards, you will have a list of some of the main attractions of Fabriano and its surroundings that you shouldn’t absolutely miss!
MUSEUM OF PAPER AND WATERMARK
The Museum of Paper and Watermark of Fabriano is located inside the former convent of the Dominican fathers. The museum hands down the centuries-old tradition of paper production that makes Fabriano a unique city in Europe.
Frasassi caves are underground karst caves located in the territory of the municipality of Genga, in the province of Ancona. The complex of caves is located in the Regional Natural Park of Gola della Rossa and Frasassi.
THE HISTORICAL PALIO OF SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST
The palio of Saint John The Baptist, evoches the ‘300, the golden age of Fabriano, a period in which the city established itself in the socio-political context of the time. The celebration of St. John the Baptist has its roots since the origins of the city: historically the Saint would have become the city’s patron only in the 1378, when Guido Chiavelli, after a period of factional battles that had weakened the city, on the 24th of June, the day of Saint John the Baptist, conquers Fabriano celebrating the victory with a great party.
The palio, after centuries of oblivion, since 1995 has taken place every year from mid-June to St. John the Baptist day. In honor of the patron, the four districts of the city, represented by their respective doors, face each other in various competitions, such as popular historical games, artistic decorations, the archery tournament, the “Palio dei Monelli” (the palio reserved for boys). The last and most important of these races, the Challenge of the Mallet that ends the event on the 24th of June, consists in being able to build the perfect key to pick up the flag blocked by a lock, therefore winning the title of the best blacksmith for a year.
It is advisable to go for dinner in the 4 taverns where meals are lost in the tradition and in the desire to evoke an ancient but not lost history.
THE CIVIC ART GALLERY “BRUNO MOLAJOLI”
The Civic Art Gallery “Bruno Molajoli” of Fabriano was born in the 1862 and it is located in the “Spedale of Santa Maria del Buon Gesù”. The art gallery was named in the 1988 by Bruno Molajoli, an art historian from Fabriano and director of the Fine Arts in the 1960.
The historical collection is distinguished above all for the section of medieval art which contains frescoes, tables and rare wooden sculptures from the second half of the 13th and 14th centuries: in particular, we recommend the works of the Fabriano school, some anonymous Giottesque masters and Allegretto Nuzi. The following centuries are then documented by some artistic personalities such as Antonio from Fabriano, eccentric protagonist of the 1400 of the Marche region, Simone De Magistris, visionary painter from Caldarola, and Orazio Gentileschi, well-known Caravaggio master. Finally, starting from October 2015, a new section of contemporary art was set up, which brings together the main Italian artists of the 1900s donated by Ester Merloni to the city of Fabriano.