Marche Campgrounds: discover our region
The charm of our medieval castles, the soft beauty of nature... for you to enjoy while camping in the Marche region.
A vacation full of adventures … lots of little historical towns to visit, beautiful sceneries. Here follows a list of the most popular destinations of our beautiful country that can be easily reached from Camping Fano
3 km from Camping Fano
Awarded with the European Blue Flag for its christal clear sea waters, this city welcomes you with excellent gastronomic restaurants and conquers your heart thanks to the old town with its many historical Roman landmark. Not to be missed Fano Dei Cesari with its famous chariot race.
Steps away from the sea, Fano also charms you with the marvels of its historical center; the Augustan Walls, the Arch of Augustus and the Church of Saint Augustine; genuine architectural treasures representing the Roman age. While strolling through the town’s center, within the remnant walls of this ancient Roman city, you will discover old churches, monasteries, Medieval and Renaissance palaces, the neoclassic theatre ‘Teatro della Fortuna’ and the fountain of the blindfolded goddess, from which the antique city got its original name Fanum Fortunae, meaning “town of fortune” . Awarded the Blue Flag for its clean and limpid waters numerous times, Fano welcomes you with excellent fish restaurants and all the the comforts of a relaxing holiday on the beach.
Arts and Culture
Besides the Classical monuments of Piazza XX Settembre, other places not to miss are: the Church of San Pietro in Valle, sumptuously decorated with golden stuccoes and frescoes by the painter Antonio Viviani, the Basilica of Santa Maria Nuova, dating back to 1700, the archaeological museum and the art gallery
During the summer Fano offers a variety of great music events like Fano Jazz by the Sea with international jazz musician guest stars, and the Rassegna Lirica Torelliana. The most important summer festival in Fano is by far, Fano dei Cesari, which takes places in July. This event celebrates Fano’s Roman origins and, for an entire week, the city recreates a genuine Roman era and the historical center is transformed into an epic Roman site where locals, and tourists alike, dressed up in Roman costumes, participate in numerous events and are spectators to the chariot race that takes place on an authentic replica of an ancient Roman racetrack.
Of very ancient origins, the moretta is without a doubt one of the symbols of Fano gastronomic experience. The legend says sailors invented it to keep warm and strong out in the open sea. It’s a special blend of coffee prepared with the right proportions of rum, anice and cognac with a piece of lemon peel. Representative of this city is as well the the brodetto di pesce, a fish soup celebrated with the Festival del brodetto. This dish, also of local sailor tradition, was originally a meal for the poor. In September, during the festival, you can taste this delicious fish soup characterized by a very special flavor for just 15 €.
15 km from Camping Fano
Rossini birthtown, it was founded by the Romans on Piceno’s ground, the former inhabitants during the iron age. At about 2 km from the city, Novilara, is the oldest Piceno settlement of the area. Inside Pesaro’s cathedral is preserved the greatest city treasure, a 600 m2 mosaic floor.
Pesaro was founded by the Romans on Piceno’s ground, the former inhabitants during the iron age.The Borgo of Novilara is the oldest Piceno settelement of the area. After the Celtic, Gothic, Longobardi and Frankish domination, the city was taken over and ruled for many centuries by the Papal States. Afterwards, under the Malatesta, the Sforza and the Della Rovere families Pesaro became a blossoming commercial centre along the Flaminia Road.
History through architecture
The ancient Roman origins can be recognized by the city urban layout. The Roman forum is nowadays the Piazza del Popolo. The many churches with Gothic doors in the historical town had been commissioned by the Malatesta family, educated city patrons befriended with the Surpreme Poet Petrarca. The majestic city Cathedral on via Rossini preserves on its inside Pesaro’s real treasure: 600 sqm of mosaic floor consisiting of two overlapping layers dating respectively to the IV and VI century DC. Worth visiting is also the Maiolica Museum and the VI century palace once belonging to the Marquis family Mosca with the Civic Museums and the city Art Museum hosting the Pala by Ghibellino. Outside of the old town you can visit Rocca Costanza, the city defending fortress planned by Luciano Laurana who most likely had also planned the Palazzo Ducale in Piazza del Popolo. Not far from here there is a little modest house now converted into a small museum for music enthusiasts which had been the birthhome of one of the most illustrious sons of this city, Gioacchino Rossini.
Rich of cultural events, the summer opens along the sweet notes of Concerti al Tramonto, a very peculiar free event featuring several music genres. The most important event known all over the world, the Rossini Opera Festival, is held in August and it was first introduced in 1980 to celebrate the composer’s opera. La Mostra Internazionale del Nuovo Cinema, one of the most important Italian film festivals is held at the end of June. Among the several events, not to be missed are the free film projections held in Piazza del Popolo.
One of the city typical dish is tagliatelle with beans, a very tasteful dish from the countryside tradition. Beside stuffed pasta specialties like cappelletti and ravioli, here you can taste also some rearrangements of neighboring Romagna dishes like piadina in its highly popular crispy version.
30 km from Camping Fano
A medieval Borgo of great charm, Gradara is called the lovers’ capital for it witnessed the secret love between Paolo Malatesta and Francesca da Rimini, whose story Dante Alighieri captured in the V cantica of the Inferno.
Gradara shows, through its city walls, the past centuries, rich in ancient deeds and unforgettable passions. Placed between the Marches and the Romagna, Gradara preserves its Middle Ages origin thanks to an intact village rich in images of a charming age. The village (quoted for the first time in 1032 as “curte gradariae") has a very ancient origin as testified by the Roman entrance archway. The fourteenth-century city walls are very fascinating. The square-shaped fortress, with towers and a massive polygonal Mastio (Fortress) on the Northeast side, was built in the XIII century and still preserves the armoury and the torture room. The city walls have communication trenches which allow visitors to enjoy a charming atmosphere and view. The first row of walls with Guelph and Ghibelline merlons surrounds the fortress, while the second row surrounds both the fortress and the historical centre. The walls are dotted with 14 towers and a fortified main entrance decorated with the Sforza, Della Rovere and Farnese families’ emblems and coat of arms. The patrol walkways, the sighting towers and the underground galleries complete this city’s fascinating picture.
Quasi a celebrare le sue illustri discendenze e i fascinosi personaggi che ne scrissero la storia, ogni estate a luglio si svolge l’evento più atteso tra le numerose feste medievali della zona: l’Assedio al Castello, rievocazione storica in costume dell’assedio subito dalla Gradara nel 1446, durante la dominazione malatestiana ad opera di Federico da Montefeltro e di Francesco Sforza.
If you want to combine the beauty of this place to some excellent food you must try in one of the many restaurants the "Tagliolini con la Bomba", a home-made countryside dish with olive oil, onions, lard and lots of pepper. Many other tasty dishes from the Marche and Romagna regions are also available.
50 km from Camping Fano
A UNESCO World Heritage site, Urbino is the heart of the Renaissance civilization, where art and culture blend. Even today it looks like centuries ago when Federico Montefeltro called soldiers, artists and sculptors at court.
A UNESCO World Heritage site, Urbino is the heart of the Renaissance civilization, where art and culture blend. Even today it looks like centuries ago when Federico Montefeltro summoned soldiers, artists and sculptors at court. Thew city walls, first example of modern fortification vibrate with the echoes of Urbino history which can be heard along its small walkways and inside its IV century palaces. This lively city hosts the many students attending the Ateneo Feltresco which under Carlo Bo’s guidance until 1998 represents one of the most important and ancient universities of Italy. Its impressive Ducal Palace, commissioned by Federico da Montefeltro to strenghten his family prestige houses one of the most important collections of Renaissance paintings in Italy by Raffaello, Piero della Francesca, Paolo Uccello and Tiziano. The upper and most ancient section of the city walls, the Fortress, was built with a heart shaped layout in all seven wall bastions and is named after Egidio Albornoz sent to the city in 1300 to restore order in this important centre under the Papal State. Albornoz inviato nel 1300 per ripristinare l’ordine nell’importante centro dello Stato Pontificio. By following the ascending cobbled street starting at Piazza della Repubblica, between the two hills on which Urbino is situated, you arrive to Raffaello birth home, today hosting a small museum.
Summer musical events
The summer in Urbino is rich in musical events as witnessed also by the presence of the historical Musical Chapel, a real temple of music since 1507. Among the events worth to mention, there is the unique Frequenze Disturbate, a contemporary indipendent music festival. July celebrates San Crescentino, the city patron saint, and the last event of August is the Festa del Duca, a historical Reneissance revival with many music, cinema and theatre events and weaving, decoration and sculpure workshops and much more.
The casciotta d'Urbino is one of the typical products of the area, an ancient variety of cheese awarded by the European Union with the Denomination of Protected Origin. Another typical specialty is the crescia sfogliata a version of piadina enriched with lard, eggs and milk and often served as an appetizer together with local sausages, and sauteed wild greens. Home-made pastas such as cappelletti in brodo, ravioli, tagliatelle tirate al matterello are also typical local specialties. And to even better appreciate the richness of this food, excellent olive oil and great wine will accompany all your meals.
57 km from Camping Fano
A majestic promontory, this protected natural park thanks to its paths open to horseback rides and mountain bikes is a tourist paradise. Lovers of archeology can admire the old cave digged by slaves inside the mountain and still preserving Greek engravings.
Monte Conero is the highest promontory above sea level of the Adriatic coast, 572 m above sea level. From the sea it offers a majestic picture with high cliffs and breathtaking sceneries. Thanks to the typical mountain activity of free climbing widely practiced along its slopes Conero is considered a mountain. This rocky peak is an extension of the Apennin mountains reaching the sea and disrupting the homogenuity of the Adriatic coast line. On it northern slope sits Ancona and on the southern slopes sit the towns of Sirolo and Numana, among the most beautiful seaside resorts of the coast. The Conero promontory has been declared by the region Protected Natural Park, and it is the only limestone rocky coast section from Trieste to Gargano. Its beaches can be reached through steep pathways divided by coastal sections of rocks reaching the limpid waters dotted of lines of white rocks. Despite its name deriving from “corbezzolo”, the most common tree of this area is an evergreen oak with oval leaves. Nature is here actually quite diversified. There are over 1500 types of Mediterranean plants among which sea pines, citrons, cypresses and brooms and a whole series of small animals like the badger, the stone marten, the weasel, the peregrine falcon, the kingfisher and many others.
Nature, history and archeology
This protected natural park, a real paradise for all nature lovers is covered by a web of pathways of great beauty especially during springtime blossoming. The itineraries are open both to horseback and mountain bike riders and thanks to direction signs and tourist maps are easily accessible. Enthusiasts of archeology and museums can follow the theme itineraries documenting the most historically relevant excavations among which it is worth mentioning the Antiquarium Statale in Numana displaying the remains of one of the most important Piceno necropolis in the Pine Trees Area. One astonishing place is the old cave digged by slaves inside the mountain and still preserving Greek engravings, possible instructions left here by the workers, and also some writings by the partisans who found here refuge from the Nazi and Fascist persecutors.
Rich of flavors and colours, this region is known also for the spiced aroma of its wines, the intense and full-bodied taste of its extra-virgin olive oil, and the sweetly caramelized aroma of its Melata honey. The wine “Rosso Conero”, made mainly from Montepulciano grapes carries the flavour of the sweetest red fruits, blackberries and cherries and reaches its fullest splendor if aged for a couple of years. The honey of Melata, a quite unique product, isn’t very sweet and has a fruity flavor.
59 km from Camping Fano
The Romanic Cathedral of San Ciriaco dominates the town whose history can be traced through its many architectural treasures among with the Arch of Traiano, masterwork of the Classical Age and the Mole of Vanvitelli, a great structure with a pentagonal base built in 1732.
City of arts with a millenarian history, Ancona, Marche’s capital, was founded in 387 AD by the Dori di Siracusa who attracted by the promontory elbow shape named it “Ankon”, in Greek “elbow”. At the time of the Roman Empire, Ancona was the fleet base for the Illiric wars. The domination of the Western Roman Empire was followed first by the Odoacre Eruls and the by the Ostrogoths. After the Longobardi’s arrival in Italy, Ancona joined the Maritime Pentapoli together with Senigallia, Fano, Pesaro and Rimini. The Papal State then took over the city. Since the XII century, when it clashed with the Papal State and Venice both opposing the development of other commercial centres along the Adriatic coast, Ancona has been claiming its indipendence as a free municipality and Maritime Republic. Dominated at the estreme right side by the natural panorama of Mount Conero, Ancona is still today one of the most important Adriatic harbours.
Arts and Culture
Dominated by the romanic Cathedral of San Ciriaco, Ancona narrates its history though the richness of the region architectural treasures among which the Arch of Traiano (115 DC) masterwork of the Classical Age and the Mole of Vanvitelli, a great structure with a pentagonal base built in 1732 with the dual function of both military fortress and leper hospital. Ancona’s cathedral, in the city highest section rises above the foundations of a famous pagan temple dedicated to Venus. This very interesting example of romanic architecture preserves inside its crypt the relics of San Ciriaco, the city patron saint.
Events not to be missed
The Mole Vanvitelliana hosts most summer events from art workshops, film festivals, events of all sorts with an experimental and research connotation. July celebrates the Ancona Jazz Summer Festival, a series of evening concerts hosted in the most evocative city spots, and Acusmatiq, a very special art and electronic music festival and finally POP UP! Contemporary Art inside the urban space with installations, conventions and workshops dedicated to the Avantguard Popular and Urban Art movements.
The vincisgrassi, a typical local lasagne, the stoccafisso all’anconetana, a stew of dried salted cod with cherry tomatoes and potatoes, and the moscioli alla marinara, a typical shellfish of these seas dressed with a mussels’ pepper sauce are the highlights of Ancona gastronomic experience. The misticanza, a misture of wild greens added to common salad leaves, and the wild greens "straginate", boiled and then sauteed are some of most popular side dishes. In springtime the local street markets sell the pincigarelli, wild cardoon flowers that can be quite delicious when cooked in a pan with potatoes.
70 km from Camping Fano
A UNESCO World Heritage site together with Mount Titano on which it’s situated, the Serenissima Republic of San Marino is one of the smallest states of the world. In this tiny Republic the 2 state heads, the Captain Regenets, are in charge for only 6 months.
SAN MARINO A UNESCO World Heritage site together with Mount Titano on which it’s situated, the Serenissima Repubblic of San Marino is one of the smallest states of the world with a surface extention of only 61.000 sqm and San Marino as its capital. In this little Republic power is shared by two State Heads, the Captain Regents, in charge for only 6 months. The charm of its history can be felt through its narrow streets as this little state has been able to preserve both its institutions and structure. Palazzo Pubblico, in particular, built over the foundations of the Domus Comunis Magna, builty in 1380. The façade is richly decorated with the emblems of the Republic castles and it is sustained by three main arches with a polygonal balcony at its centre. The entrance hall is decorated with emblems and memorial stones among which the Carducci’s bust and the impressive staircase leads to the Sala dei Consiglieri, the Sala del Congresso e delle Udienze and to the Sala dello Scrutinio. Piazza della Libertà, across the Palace, preserves in its foundations ancient tanks for the collection of rainwater, once the water reservoir of the city. Very interesting from an artistic point of view is the Basilica of Pieve San Marino, a very ancient building in Neoclassical style with a pronaos with eight Corintian columns consecrated in 1855. Last but not least we must mention the three fortresses domintaing the city from the above. The First Tower or Fortress, is the biggest and the most ancient (XI century). It was built directly on the mountain rocks without foundations and it is surrounded by two walls. The inside wall is limited by the Torre Campanaria and the Torre della Penna, which were built a few centuries later. The Second Tower, also called Cesta or Fratta, dates back to 4th century and is situated in the highest mountain peak. Finally the Third Tower or Montale is the smallest tower and it preserves in its inside a prison called bottom of the tower because it is 8 meters deep and can only be accessed from the top.
From May to September San Marino offers a rich variety of events. Among the most popular one it is worth mentioning San Marino Etno Festival, 6 concerts ranging from ethnic to experimental music, Alba sul Monte, 50 performaces from sunset to sunrise, and the music festival Musica nel Chiostro. Further, the Cinema sotto le Stelle, the Giornate Medievali, the Cantagiro and the Notte Rosa certainly the most beloved event by the younger crowds which extends to Rimini, Riccione, Cattolica and many other towns.
San Marino gastronomy consists mostly of typical Romagna dishes like piadina to accompany cheeses, sausages and wild greens. Very popular is also the polenta nel tagliere dressed with a wild fowl sauce, lard and sage. Very popular are also the strozzapreti con sugo di carne e formaggio, a pasta dish with a meat and cheese sauce. The Bustrengo is the most popular dessert prepared with breadcrumbs and corn flour instead of rice as used in the Romagna and Marche regions.
73 km from Camping Fano
The Frasassi Caves are one of the most appreciated naturalistic destinations of the Umbro-Marchigiano Appennin mountains. The Caves are the result of a slow and gradual karst phenomena. The biggest cavity, called "Abisso di Ancona", is one of the biggest in the world and it could contain the Cathedral of Milan.
The Frasassi Caves, in the Umbro-Marchigiano Apennin mountains are among the most famous caves in Italy well known for their beauty and size. These caves are the result of a long and progressive karst phenomena. The rock of the mountains of Frasassi and Valmontgna through the progressive water erosion has become permeable allowing the formation of fractures and underground rock formations. The steady dropping of calcareous water over the centuries has given shape to karst formations. Water mixed with limestone by falling from above have shaped wonderfuld stalactites, stalagmites and christal flows blended in an armonious scenery of lakes and caskets. The Frasassi Caves were discovered in 1948 and brought to light after 30 years of research. The Major Cave, called "Abyss of Ancona", is one of the biggest in the world and it is so big it could host the Cathedral of Milan. The biggest cave of the whole complex is the Wind Cave with a length of 13 Km. Inside the visitor is astonished by a scenery of incredibile beauty with a metamorphosis of lights and colors and a succession of dreamy visions. Walking along the caves you meet the majestic "Giants", some 20 meters high stalagmites, the “Niagara Falls”, and the tiny and delicate stalagmites called "Angel’s Hair". Further down you meet the stalagmite “Dead Tree”, so called because of its upper part shaped in branches, the Chystallized Lake, with its calcareous islands dived in to the turquoise waters and the increadible beauty of Emerald Lake. Furthermore the “Barbara Room” with its blending white flows, the “Candle Room” and finally the “Bear Room” and the “Infinite Room”.
76 km from Camping Fano
The beautiful city of Loreto hosts the famous Reneissance Cathedral with the statue of the Black Madonna of Loreto. Several researches about the Holy House date its origins to Palestine both for the architectural style and the materials used which at that time were unknown in the Marche region but widely used in the Holy Land.
The city of Loreto, has grown around the famous Basilica which hosts the Shrine of the Holy House where the Virgin Mary received the annunciation that she would bear the child Jesus. The Catholic tradition states that, threatened with destruction by the Turks, the house was carried by angels through the air and finally deposited in Loreto on December 10 1294. For this reason the Madonna of Loreto was declared “Patron of the aeronauts” by Pope Benedict XV. Several researches about the Holy House date its origins to Palestine both for the architectural style and the materials used which at that time were unknown in the Marche region but widely used in the Holy Land. The house size as well supports this theory as it matches the empty space in Nazareth. The Basilica, a notable Reneissance architectural complex was built in 1468 with the contribution of some of the most famous architects of the time such as Giovanni Alberti, Marino di Marco Cedrino, Giuliano da Maiano, Baccio Pontelli, Giuliano da Sangallo, Francesco di Giorgio Martini, Bramante, Andrea Sansovino and Antonio da Sangallo il Giovane. The interior has the shape of a latin cross with three ailes. In the left aile there is a bronze font by Tiburzio Vergelli. The vault was frescoed by Pomarancio. The ascetic and reflective sibyls by Giovan Battista Della Porta dominate the facades. Among the various chapels and sacristies, the Sacrestia of San Giovanni with frescoes by Luca Signorelli, the Sacrestia of Saint Marc with frescoes by Melozzo da Forlì famous for their threedimensional effect and the Chapel of Dukes of Urbino are of special interest. Under the dome by Giuliano da Sangallo there is the Holy House, a small building consisting of only three walls as the eastern wall where the altar is situated did not exist originally in Nazareth. Around the house is a tall marble screen designed by Bramante. The two parallel grooves that can be seen in the base have been produced by the pilgrims that for centuries have walked the perimeter on their knees. The Pinacoteca Museum at the Apostolico Palace is also worth visiting for its Lorenzo Lotto’s canvas. Last but not least you can finish your tour by admiring the amazing view of the apsis in Piazzale Loreto and the scenery from Piazza Giovanni XXIII and take a walk on Corso Boccalini for some shopping.
Truffle is one of the main ingredients of most regional dishes like the handmade tagliolini, and polenta with tartufo. Wild game like robins, larks, pheasant, wild boars on the skewer and dressed with aromatic herbs are very popular in this area. Even though most of these delights are available in winter, summer is also quite inviting with fried pumpkin flowers, ricotta stuffed ravioli, and the caponata, a dish made with fresh back-garden vegetables.
79 km from Camping Fano
Laying on the slopes of Monte Ingino at 500 meters above sea level, Gubbio is one of the greatest masterwork of the 2nd-3rd century civilization. In this city, which hosts many Franciscan evidences, Saint Francis tamed the wolf.
Laying on the slopes of Monte Ingino at 500 meters above sea level, this city has ancient origins has witnessed by the famous "Eugubine Tables" hosted in the Palazzo dei Consoli. Allied with Rome, in 295 AD it was declared a municipality. Then the Goths conquered it and destroyed it completely to be rebuilt by the Byzantines under the Justinian empire. Following the Longobardi’s domination, Pepin the Short and Charlemagne handed it over to the Church but in the XI century the city declared itself a Ghibellin Free Commune and lived in peace for at least two centuries. Towards the end of 1200 Guelfs and Ghibellins fought again for power. In 1354 Cardinal Albornoz handed it over again to the Church.
Arts and Culture
Gubbio is with its guilds of arts and crafts one of the greatest masterwork of the 2nd-3rd century civilization. Towers, austere facades of houses blackened by centuries, Gothic churches and palaces represent the power once held by this medieval city-state. The urban layout consisting of the Palazzo dei Consoli by Francesco di Giorgio Martini, the Piazza Pensile and the Palazzo Pretorio dates back to the beginning of the XIV century. Under the Montefeltro family domination in 1422 Frederick the Great was born here, who turned to be a brave commander and a highly educated patron who contributed to the city blossoming. The Gothic Cathedral and Santa Maria Nuova, hosting the "Madonna del Belvedere" are very interesting. The Roman Theatre, right outside the city walls, is a jewel of Classical art. Gubbio, a city of arts and great artists features also many Franciscan evidences, and it was here that Saint Francis experienced the vesting and tamed the wolf.
In May the festival of Saint Ubaldo, known as the Candle Race, and the historical revival of Palio della Balestra open the season. The most interesting events, the opening of the theatre season at the Roman Theatre and the Gubbio Summer Festival are concentrated in August. For nature lovers the city offers also plenty of green spots such as around the Roman Theatre, Parco Ranghiasci and the Parco Coppo on Mount Ingino which can be reached by aerial railway.
The local gastronomy is authentic and simple with a prevalence of typical local products. Barbecue roastbeef, tagliatelle, crescia di Pasqua with cheese, crescia al panaro with friccò, lamb, duck, chicken and rabbit are just a few of the most popular recipes. White and black truffle, of which Gubbio’s area is quite rich, are of course privileged above all and come together with great wines and mineral waters with therapeutic properties from the Apennin mountains.
Città di Castello
97 km from Camping Fano
Next to the high-level artistic masterworks by Raffaello, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Andrea Della Robbia and Lorenzo Ghiberti, this city features many natural spots for outdoor activities like trekking and horseback riding along the Tiber river or golfing.
Città di Castello has very ancient origins. The first huts built on the Lake Tiberino islets date back to the beginning of the first millenium AD when the Umbrians settled here and named the settlement Tiferno. In 295 AD Rome conquered the city during the battle of Sentino and transformed it into a rich municipality. After being destroyed by the Goths in the IV century, Bishop Florido, patron of the city, had it rebuilt and fortified under the name of Civitas Castelli (X century), later converted into “Città di Castello” (in 1100). It became a free and powerful Guelf Commune as witnessed by Palazzo dei Priori and Palazzo Podestà designed by the architect Angelo da Orvieto. In the second half of the 14th century the Vitelli family managed to gain power over the city and built elegant palaces, churches and monuments and introduced festivals and carousels to increase the city’s fame. In the 16th century the city passed in the hands of the Papal States until 1798 when the Cisalpine troops plundered it. After Napoleon’s fall the Pope reestablished its power until its annexation to the Kingdom of Italy on September 11 1860.
Arts andf history
As in most Italian cities, history and art, architecture and history are tightly connected also in Città di Castello. The Sanctuary of Santa Maria delle Grazie and the Renessaince Cathedral with its latin cross layout, the Civic Tower and the Palazzo Vescovile and many other elegant buildings commissioned by the Vitelli family are a must for the visitor. The Pinacoteca Comunale features works by Raffaello, Luca Signorelli, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Andrea Della Robbia, Lorenzo Ghiberti and Antonio Vivarini.
Events and Outdoors
The High Tiber Valley offers plenty of natural spots for trekking along the river, for horseback riding and golfing. Among the cultural events it is worth mentioning the Teatro degli Illuminati with its rich annual program of interesting performances.
Appetizers and pasta dishes with truffle and local extra-virgin olive oil as basic ingredients and are quite popular in this area. Other specialties include the Ciaccia and the homemade Torcolo to be enjoyed with a glass of Vinsanto.
122 km from Camping Fano
Giotto’s and Saint Francis’ lives blend in this city by offering to the visitors evidences of profound mysticism. Calendimaggio, a spectacular medieval revival with streets’ serenades is certainly worth a visit.
Most likely founded by the Umbrians, Assisi was then taken over by the Etruscans and the Romans as witnessed by the Temple of Minerva, the Forum remains, the amphitheatre and the Roman walls. After the fall of the Roman Empire it was invaded by the Goths and later by the Longobardi. Around the year 1000 it became a free municipality and blossomed thanks to the Benedictines and the Fraciscans monks. Around 1180 Saint Francis was born here. After the fall of the Holy Roman Empire Assisi came under the power of the Papal States followed by the Visconti, Montefeltro and Sforza families to be reconquered by Pope Paolo III who celebrated his victory and the control over the whole region by building the famous "Rocca Paolina" in Perugia. In the XIX century, the city was annexed to the Italian state.
History and Architecture
Among the many buildings and monuments it’s worth mentioning the Temple of Minerva, the Palazzo del Capitano e del Popolo, the first public building built in the municipality’s square, the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, built in the X century, the Rocca Maggiore where Frederick of Svevia spent his childhood, and the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, which hosted the crowds of pilgrims visiting the Porziuncola, the chapel where Saint Francis used to pray. The famous Giotto’s frescoes on saint Francis’ life hosted in the Basilica of Saint Francio are not to be missed. The Basilica consists of an upper and lower section and it was built after Sain Francis reached sainthood. The simple front facade shaped like a “hut” is decorated only by a central rose window and its interior is typically Gothic. The Upper Basilica is used for all liturgical services while the lower part is a commemorative church with the crypt and the Saint’s relics. The internal structure without ground elevation and with low pillars to sustain the weight of the upper church create a calm atmosphere appropriate for praying.
Calendimaggio, a spectacular medieval revival with costumes, love serenades and lots of activities along the city streets opens the summer events. The Angelana Summer in July features concerts and films while August hosts several religious festivals like the Festival of Forgiveness, the Palio of San Rufino with the crossbow race and the torchlight procession.
Oil, wine and truffle are the most precious gastronomic products of the area. Some of the most delicious specialties include the tagliatelle alla norcina, the abbacchio scottadito, the piccione all’assisana and the parmigiana di cardi. The most popular desserts are the Brustengo, a delicious dessert with corn flour, apples, raisins and pine nuts, the Rocciata, a thin layer of dough stuffed with walnuts, apples, and ricotta cheese and the Tozzetti, dry biscuits to enjoy with a glass of Vinsanto.
124 km from Camping Fano
City of arts and history, Perugia preserves in its incredibile Etruscan urban layout masterpieces by Piero della Francesca, Perugino, and Beato Angelico. This city hosts as well one of the greatest Italian musical event, Umbria Jazz, an attraction also for many famous international artists.
The first settlements date back to the X century AD but the first real city dwelling took shape only 400 years later. With the battle of Sentino Perugia was then annexed to Rome to which it kept loyal also during the second punic war when it gave hospitality to the Romans defeated on the Trasimeno Lake. After the fire of 41 AD Perugia blossomed thanks to Emperor Augustus and became an important commercial crossway. The Ostrogoths conquered and dominated till the city was taken over by the Papal States. In 1139 the city was declared a municipality with a Government of Consuls. Between the XII and XIII century it underwent a tremendous urban development thanks to the foundation of the Merchant Government of the Priors and the University. In the attempt to escape the Pope dominion, the Michelotti, Visconti and Fortebracci families took at different times command of the city and transformed it during the XV century into an important cultural centre attracting artists like Pinturicchio, Perugino, Raffaello and Pietro Aretino. In 1540, the Papal States conquered the power again and the city experienced a long period of stagnation. With the annexation to the Kingdom of Italy the city flourished again as the new capital of a very large area which covered the whole Sabina region.
Perugia City of Arts
The most representative artistic jewels of this city with its typical etruscan urban layout are Piazza IV Novembre with the Palazzo Comunale, the Palazzo Vescovile and the Cathedral of San Lorenzo hosting Mary’s most important relic, the ring. Inside the Cathedral is the Fontana Maggiore built and decorated in the XII century by Nicola and Giovanni Pisano. Last but not least the Temple of Sant’Angelo, an early Christian church from the V century with circular base and the Rocca Paolina. Not to be missed the Umbria National Gallery with works by Piero della Francesca, Perugino and Beato Angelico.
Summer events not to be missed
Since 1973 Umbria Jazz (in July) is the greatest musical event of Central Italy with its jazz, rock, pop-rock, blues, Brasilian and African music by famous international artists. The Tour Music Feast held in June is also very interesting as well as Trasimeno Music Festival held in July. The city features also lots of activities for teenagers and children. The most popular one is Figuratevi, an amazing international festival on animation with lost of emotions in the city streets.
Strangozzi alla spoletina and maltagliati with norcia black truffle are the city specialties. Game like the wild boar with polenta, the pheasant and the roasted pigeon and wild fowl like the guinea-fowl are very popular. Among the most famous dessert it’s worth mentioning the Torcolo of San Costanzo, a sort of bagel with pine nuts, raisins and sweet candies, and the Ciaramicola.
Acquafan / Riccione (RN)
The most famous acquapark in Italy, besides offering lost of classical water entertainment likes waterslides, swimming pool wirth waves, slow and rapid rivers, is always on the search for the most innovative and bizarre novelties, services and offers...
Oltremare / Riccione (RN)
A magic place with lots of surprises, with beautiful sea creatures and the magic mistery of life formation on our Planet. Lots of fantastic and educative shows and attractions for everybody and on how to safeguard our precious environmental heritage.
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Le Navi / Cattolica (RN)
Cattolica aquarium, the biggest one on the Adriatic coast, will conquer you! 75 water containers filled with the most diverse forms of sea life from the Mediterranean sea and from tropical waters, among which 16 different shark types. The ideal destination where to learn and have fun!
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Italia in miniatura / Rimini
Here you can make your dream of visiting our beautiful country in one single trip come true! In this theme park you can find miniature reproductions of the most important Italian monuments region by region. And if you want to cross borders, you can visit also France, Spain, England and lots of other destinations!
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Mirabilandia / Ravenna
Showa, entertainment, games... lots of fun for the whole family. A fantastic park equipped with the most modern fun rides combining traditional park rides with acquapark rides...
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