36 Hours in Fano, Italy
1. Arco D’augusto
1. Nikon D200 with Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 DX @14 mm, 1/250 s, f/4, ISO 100;
2. Nikon D200 with Sigma 18-50 f/2.8 DX @20 mm, 1/60 s, f/4, ISO 100;
3. Nikon D200 with Sigma 18-50 f/2.8 DX @35 mm, 1/15 s, f/5.6, ISO 200;
1. no. 1 SB-28 with shoot-through umbrella (full power and 24 mm zoom with ½ CTO) boomed (by VAL) overhead, no. 1 SB-80DX (1/2 power and 105 mm zoom with ½ CTO) with Orbis ringflash, triggered by Phottix Atlas;
2. no. 1 SB-28 with a with DIY 210x297mm softbox (1/4 power and 50 mm zoom with full CTO) at cam left pointing down on subject’s face, triggered by Phottix Atlas;
3. no. 1 SB-28 with a with DIY Coroplast grid (1/4 power and 85 mm zoom with ½ CTO) pointing down from camera left towards the glass, triggered by Phottix Atlas.
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36 Hours in Fano
16:00 Let’s start our quick trip in Fano directly from the ancient Roman heart of it. The inner part of the city clearly reveals its origins, since you can find, still there after twenty centuries, the main access gate: the “Arco d’Augusto” (the arch built by Cesare Ottaviano Augusto to celebrate the victory over the Carthaginians lead by Asdrubale in 207 BC). the impressive remnants (two thirds of the original perimeter). The Arch is part of the impressive Roman defensive walls: originally built in 9 AD, they have been cyclically damaged and revamped during the subsequent ages, until the government of the renaissance lords of Fano, the Malatesta (end of 12th to half of 15th Century). Beside the Roman remains, if you take the chance to walk around the inner part of the city, along the old paved roads which follows the plant of the first roman encampment, you’ll discover a plentiful of medieval palaces and even more ancient churches.
10:00 If you have the opportunity to drive up to the closest inland of Fano, you’ll be gladly surprised of how much the landscape changes in such a small stretch: the hills and the countryside offer peaceful and relaxing walking paths. If you like bucolic views, you’ll certainly appreciate the olive and grape cultivations, the most typical products of Fano’s land.
20:00 The best way to spent the evening is in one of the numerous typical restaurants (among the best: “La Taverna del Pescatore” and “Trattoria La Quinta”). Fish-based dishes are highly recommended: they are prepared with fresh fish from the local sea (the Adriatic). You can’t miss the perfect conclusion for a fish-based dinner: the “moretta”, the traditional digester of Fano (it could be roughly translated into “brunette”). It’s an espresso coffee with added a liqueur mix of anise, brandy, rum and sugar syrup. The best bars that serve moretta are “Caffè del Porto” and “New Life Café”.
10:00 The tour on Fano would not be complete without visiting its most famous parts: the old harbor and the seaside. A typical mariner mood fills the air and you will taste it if you take a full walk along the piers, next to the traditional spread of “pescherecci” (boats for trawling fishing) which is moored in the evening, since the fisherman’s shift has started and finished way earlier in the morning.