A windy morning in Fabriano’s Paper and Watermark museum with DiscoverMarche had me smitten. Not many know that the town of Fabriano in the region of Le Marche, Italy has been making paper since the 12th century.
Can you imagine how it felt to walk through the doors where this UNESCO creative city has been inspiring companies and individuals alike since centuries?!
Fabriano’s old techniques to refine and process paper is famous across the world. The paper made in the town goes everywhere you can possibly imagine and my own country gets paper for its currency from here- a fact that I got to know only then.
That is why Fabriano’s Paper and Watermark Museum is a hidden gem. There are guided tours available in Italian and English, a little souvenir shop with inexpensive handmade paper and a demonstration of the finest watermarks in relation to the modern currencies.
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and told us about the story of Fabriano as an ancient city. She was working in the museum since over 2 decades and was very fierce about her work. A fun conversationalist, she was also interested in the Indian culture and hoped to visit Delhi soon.
We were shown a live demonstration of the process of paper making with working machinery from the 18th century. She also told us about the hydraulic hammer which was invented in Europe. It fascinated me immensely and I wished I had more time to spend in the museum.
During my visit there was also an ongoing International Festival of Watercolor Paintings with hundreds of paintings to see. There was a children’s group from one of the neighbouring schools that came to see the legacy left behind. All in all, it was a captivating visit that left me intrigued. If given a chance, would you visit this museum??
-Booking your tickets in advance is recommended since English guides are not available every day.
-Fabriano’s train station is a short walk from the centre. If you are traveling from Rome, it takes about 3 hours to reach. From Ancona it is only an hour’s journey.
-A little research online made me realize how easily the paper from Fabriano is available. For instance, check this link.