I spent two weeks in Fabriano before spending another two traveling to major Italian citites: Rome, Florence, Sorrento, and Venice. Hands down, my favorite location was Fabriano. It is much more charming and easier to get to know well, while still having major attractions- this museum and the summer festivals, as well as historic architecture and close proximity to the beautiful Marche countryside.
As a papermaker and museum and enthusiast, I was incredibly impressed by the museum of paper and the watermark. The tour guides are knowledgeable, the museum is well kept, and the building and equipment it houses are historic and beautiful. I especially loved that the gift shop carried items made right inside the museum. This museum was the highlight of my stay in Fabriano. I would recommend it to anyone, regardless of their level of prior knowledge about paper. Either way, when you leave this place, you will know a lot more about this historic and engaging practice!
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