For the first week of May, I brought Little T to visit my in-laws in Fano, Italy, while Mr. G was in Toronto for a work trip. I realised that I haven’t posted a Snapshots from Fano post since last summer, despite having been back four times since then, so I’ve put together some photos to share from our recent trip. Our mornings and late afternoons were spent mostly at the seaside, taking in the fresh sea air while Little T made new friends at the playground or rode his bicycle along the Lido promenade. The time between that was often spent in my in-laws’ garden, where Little T loves to explore and wander around with his wheelbarrow, picking up leaves and dandelions.
Last week started off very windy – ideal for the windsurfers and kite surfers shown below – and then, like in the UK, we began seeing glimpses of summer weather with more sunshine and warmer temperatures. Another sign that the summer season is on its way was the ongoing preparation at the beaches, where rows of colorful umbrellas will be set up along the coastline from mid-May.
The City Center
One morning, Little T and I went for a walk around the city center. Little T is usually on his scooter now and it’s only a 10-15 minute walk for us to the main part of town. I pull him along when we’re passing busy streets and sometimes carry the scooter while he walks if there are tricky cobblestone paths. Once in the city center, we went around exploring the quiet, narrow side streets.
One reason we were in the city centre was to go to the bookstore. Each time we’re in Fano, I buy at least two children’s books in Italian to bring back to London. I also try to leave a book behind in his room at my in-laws’ house – I say try as I usually want to just bring them all back but it helps keeping a selection of books for him (along with plenty of toys) there too.
After the bookstore, we walked through the main square, Piazza XX Settembre, and Little T dashed off to Palazzo di Malatesta, which now houses the Civic Museum and Art Gallery. I posted a few photos from the time we spent having a look at the ancient artifacts kept in the palace courtyard. We couldn’t stay for long but I hope to be back again for a proper look at the museum.
So many beautiful doorways and buildings caught my eye as we walked through the city centre. This one in particular stood out to me because I loved the color combination – partly because those were the colors at our wedding! – and the mix of old and new features.
This building and its doorway also caught my eye with its weathered appearance. Like most of Italy, there are many beautiful buildings and colorful houses around Fano and I plan on taking some time to photograph more I’ve spotted during our next trip.
Lastly, a beautiful sunset looking towards Pesaro.
It was lovely to be by the sea again and Little T had a blast at the beach playground with the other kids or simply roaming around my in-laws’ garden. We had a great time visiting my in-laws and are looking forward to being back in Fano in late June!