A windy morning in Fabriano’sPaper and Watermark museumwith 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! Imagine walking through the doors from 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. My own country gets paper for its currency from here- a fact that I got to know only after visiting!
That is why Fabriano’s Paper and Watermark Museum is a hidden gem.
The museum is very well preserved. There are guided tours available in Italian and English along with a little souvenir shop that sells inexpensive handmade paper and souvenirs.
This museum also has a demonstration of the finest watermarks in relation to the modern currencies.
My 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.
The guide showed our group 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. I wish 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 process of paper making. 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 center so if you are traveling from Rome, it takes about 3 hours to reach. From Ancona it is only an hour’s journey.Disclaimer: There are “ affiliate links” on my blog. This means that if you happen to purchase something through these links, I will receive a small commission (at no cost to you). Thanks for supporting Italophilia! 🙂
Ishita is an Indian Blogger who is in love with all things Italian. Every year, Ishita seek’s new experiences and destinations in Italy; from the southernmost tip of Sicilia to the Northern most parts of Piemonte.
Ishita works and lives in Delhi.