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The Via Flaminia, constructed in about 220 BC, ran from the Aurelian Walls in Rome, over the Apennine Mountains, to the Adriatic coast at Fano. From Fano, the Via Flaminia made its way along the coast to Rimini. Parts of the Via Flaminia can still be seen today – at approximately 800 metres in length, the longest section is in Rignano Flaminio, in northern Lazio.

Fano was originally a Roman colony built on the orders of Augustus by the architect, Vitruvius, whose surviving writings on architecture were to inspire generations of Renaissance architects, including the famous Andrea Palladio. The Arch of Augustus was to become a symbol of Fano.

Augustus dedicated the town to the Roman victory against the Carthiginian general, Hasdrubal Barca, at the Battle of Metauro fought in 207 BC. It is a measure of the importance of that victory that Augustus commemorated it over 200 years after the event. The invasion of Italy by Hannibal and his elephants is well known but the success that the Romans had in defeating his brother, Hasdrubal – who was bringing reinforcements – was pivotal in the eventual Roman victory. So this is a region that is awash with history.

If you’re planning on visiting Fano, perhaps pay a visit to La Crespaia winery and taste some of their Bianchello Del Metauro Superiore. Nearby the winery is the Eremo Di Monte Giove where you can immerse yourself in the peaceful atmosphere of this monastery or simply enjoy the stunning views over the Le Marche countryside.

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