FABRIANO, Province of Ancona, Marche region, Italy
Fabriano is located amid the hills on the main highway and rail line from Umbria to the Adriatic.
Fabriano's wealth and commitment to the fine arts in the late medieval period have left it with many handsome monuments, such as several churches and civil buildings like the Palazzo Comunale (Town Hall) and the Fontana Sturinaldo, an attractive 16-sided fountain in the main square.
Altitude: 325 m a.s.l -- Population: ca. 30,000 inhabitants -- Zip/postal code: 60044 -- Phone Area Code: 0732
Fabriano appears to have been founded in the early Middle Ages by the inhabitants of a small Roman town, Attigge (Latin Atidiae), 3 miles south of the present town. Fabriano was one of the earliest places in Europe to make high-quality paper on an industrial scale, starting in the 13th century. 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 the earliest printing center in Italy in the late 15th century.
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