City of paper
Our hotel guests have the unique opportunity to explore Fabriano and uncover the city's artistic and cultural marvels. Situated in the lush valleys of the Umbria-Marche Apennines, our hotel is conveniently located in Fabriano, in the province of Ancona.
Fabriano, the birthplace of the renowned Gentile da Fabriano, is a city teeming with cultural riches, architectural marvels, and eno-gastronomic attractions. Despite the devastating earthquake that struck the region on September 26, 1997, the town has been beautifully restored to its former glory, radiating the splendor of its past.
The etymology of Fabriano's name remains uncertain, with some attributing it to the land's owner, Faberius, while others suggest it may stem from the merging of two Latin words: faber (blacksmith) and Ianus (Janus, the river that flows through the town).
As one steps into the historic center, the Piazza del Comune captivates visitors with the medieval splendor of the Palazzo del Podestà. The palace's bridge-like structure pays homage to the city's four neighborhoods, while its stunning frescoes below the archway depict fierce battles, warriors, and a woman turning the wheel of fortune.
Fabriano Cathedral, also known as the Church of San Venanzio, stands as the iconic symbol of the city's religious community. This historic cathedral, likely built in the 14th century and later expanded in the 1600s, boasts stunning decorations by the renowned artist Francesco Selva. Visitors can also marvel at two 17th-century paintings by Orazio Gentileschi, a Tuscan painter and follower of Caravaggio, depicting the Stories of the Passion and the Crucifixion. Continuing the journey through the historic center, one cannot miss the Paper and Watermark Museum, paying homage to Fabriano's renowned production of paper. Housed within the splendid Convento di San Domenico, the museum showcases the city's centuries-old tradition of papermaking.
After the visit to the historic Paper and Watermark Museum, visitors can satisfy their taste buds by indulging in Fabriano's most renowned product - the Fabriano Salami. This salami, made from lean minced pork, follows a strict production specification to maintain the tradition associated with it. The salami dates back to the late 1800s, as evidenced by a letter of thanks from Giuseppe Garibaldi to Benigno Bigonzetti for receiving it as a gift. The Consortium for the Production and Protection of Fabriano Salami ensures compliance with relevant laws and collaborates with eighteen member producers to maintain the highest quality of the product. The salami is processed traditionally, without any preservatives or additives, dried using hearths, and cured in natural environments for around three months.