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Comune di Fabriano
Coat of arms of Fabriano
Fabriano within the Province of Ancona
Fabriano within the Province of Ancona
Location of Fabriano
Fabriano is located in Italy
Location of Fabriano in Italy
Fabriano is located in Marche
Fabriano (Marche)
Coordinates: 43°20′N 12°55′E / 43.333°N 12.917°E / 43.333; 12.917
ProvinceAncona (AN)
Frazionisee list
 • MayorGabriele Santarelli
 • Total272.08 km2 (105.05 sq mi)
325 m (1,066 ft)
 (31 December 2017)[2]
 • Total30,809
 • Density110/km2 (290/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0732
Patron saintSt. John the Baptist
Saint dayJune 24
WebsiteOfficial website

Fabriano is a town and comune of Ancona province in the Italian region of the Marche, at 325 metres (1,066 ft) above sea level. It lies in the Esino valley 44 kilometres (27 mi) upstream and southwest of Jesi; and 15 kilometres (9 mi) east-northeast of Fossato di Vico and 36 kilometres (22 mi) east of Gubbio (both in Umbria). Its location on the main highway and rail line from Umbria to the Adriatic make it a mid-sized regional center in the Apennines. Fabriano is the headquarters of the giant appliance maker Indesit (partly owned by Whirlpool).

Fabriano, with Roma, Parma, Torino and Carrara, is an Italian creative city (UNESCO). The town is in the category Folk Arts (for the Fabriano's handmade paper production).


Fabriano appears to have been founded in the early Middle Ages by the inhabitants of a small Roman town 5 kilometres (3 mi) south at Attiggio (Latin Attidium), of which some slight remains and inscriptions are extant. In 1276, Fabriano became one of the earliest places in Europe to produce paper.[3] Since the 13th century and even today, the town has a reputation for fine watermarked paper. This led to Fabriano's prosperity in the Late Middle Ages and the Renaissance, and was also one of the factors that led to the establishment of nearby Foligno in Umbria as one of the earliest printing centers in Italy in the 15th century, from 1470 onwards.


The municipality borders with Cerreto d'Esi, Costacciaro (PG), Esanatoglia (MC), Fiuminata (MC), Fossato di Vico (PG), Genga, Gualdo Tadino (PG), Matelica (MC), Nocera Umbra (PG), Poggio San Vicino (MC), Sassoferrato, Serra San Quirico and Sigillo (PG).[4]


The hamlets (frazioni) of Fabriano are:

Albacina, Argignano, Attiggio, Bassano, Bastia, Belvedere, Borgo Tufico, Cacciano, Ca' Maiano, Campodiegoli, Campodonico, Cancelli, Cantia, Castelletta, Ceresola, Ciaramella, Coccore, Collamato, Collegiglioni, Colle Paganello, Cupo, Fontanaldo, Grotte, Marena, Marenella, Marischio, Melano, Moscano, Nebbiano, Paterno, Poggio San Romualdo, Rufano beach, Precicchie, Rocchetta, Rucce, San Donato, San Giovanni, San Michele, San Pietro, Sant'Elia, Serradica, Valgiubbola, Vallemontagnana, Valleremita, Vallina, Varano, Viacce, Vigne.

Main sights[edit]

Fabriano's wealth and commitment to the fine arts in the late medieval period have left it with many monuments.


Other buildings[edit]

Palazzo del Podestà.

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ Haegen, Pierre Louis (2001). Der frühe Basler Buchdruck: ökonomische, sozio-politische und informationssystematische Standortfaktoren und Rahmenbedingungen (in German). Schwabe. p. 83. ISBN 978-3-7965-1090-8.
  4. ^ 42382 (x a j h) Fabriano on OpenStreetMap
  5. ^ Guida e statistica della città e Comune di Fabriano, (1874); page 163.
  6. ^ Guida, page 155-156.
  7. ^ Guida, page 159.
  8. ^ Guida, page 154.
  9. ^ Guida, page 154.
  • (Incorporates text from Bill Thayer's Gazetteer of Italy, by permission.)

External links[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Albro, Sylvia Rodgers. Fabriano: City of Medieval and Renaissance Papermaking. Washington, DC, and New Castle, DE: Library of Congress and Oak Knoll Press, 2016.