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43°51.24′N, 13°0.94′E Chart icon.png
Harbour of Fano from NNE

The port of Fano is situated on the Adriatic coast of Italy around 30 miles NNW of the port of Ancona and eight miles SE of the harbour of Pesaro. The port, like many along this coast, consists of a canalized river basin, the Canal Albani, and two additional basins at its mouth, one of which contains a relatively new marina, the Marina dei Cesari, with berths for around 400 yachts of up to 30 metres. Severely damaged during World War II, the town nevertheless retains traces of its Roman and mediaeval past, including a triumphal arch erected in 2 AD by the emperor Augustus, an impressive 15th century castle and some sections of the town’s 15th century walls. The entrance to Fano is shallow (minimum 2.7 metres) and should not be attempted in strong onshore winds.


British Admiralty


During the summer months the prevailing winds in the Adriatic are light to moderate coastal seabreezes. In spring and autumn, northerly winds are more frequent and can quickly rise to near gale force, especially in the northern Adriatic, where the much-feared “bora” is caused by high pressure over the mountains to the NE coupled with low pressure over southern Italy. Fortunately, the fiercest “bora” is normally to be expected in the winter months. Thunderstorms are occasionally experienced in spring and especially autumn and can be accompanied by violent winds of gale force and above. Luckily they are rarely long-lasting. In the southern Adriatic, the “scirocco”, a S/SE wind blowing up from North Africa which can last for several days, is more common. Unlike the “bora”, which can arrive without warning, a “scirocco” tends to build in strength over 24-48 hours, sometimes reaching gale force (especially in winter).

Sources for weather information:

  • There is a continuous (computerised voice) weather forecast on VHF 68 - first in Italian and then followed with an English translation
  • The same forecast is given in Italian and English on VHF coastal stations following a notification on channel 16
  • Navtex weather forecasts covering the Adriatic are broadcast from stations at Roma, Trieste, Kerkyra (Greece) and Split (Croatia)


See Adriatic.




Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


The entrance to Fano consists of a narrow channel between a long breakwater, orientated WNW/ESE, which protects the basin in which the marina is situated and a shorter breakwater extending N from the shore on the western side of the entrance channel. Minimum depths in the entrance are 2.7 metres. Entry is difficult and potentially dangerous with strong onshore winds.

Note: along this stretch of the Adriatic coast tidal ranges can exceed 1.0 metre at springs, so judging the tides right can make a significant difference to safe access in most of the shallower harbours.


Visiting yachts normally berth in the Marina dei Cesari in the northernmost basin, although space may also be available alongside in the Nouva Darsena, the commercial basin immediately S of the marina, or along the Canal Albani (for smaller yachts). The quays on both sides of the Canal Albani are managed by several yacht clubs, Club Nautico Fanese (telephone: +39 0721 807909), the Italian Lega Navale (telephone: +39 0721 830702); Yachting Club (telephone: +39 0721 801320) and Fisherman Club (telephone: +39 0721 801484). Maximum depths in the Nouva Darsena are 2.3 metres and in the Canal Albani 2.0 metres. There are few facilities at these berths.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs


No anchoring is permitted in the harbour.

Yacht Repairs and Services

Marine Stores

Submit addresses and contact details of marine related businesses that are of interest to cruisers.


Boatyard in the marina. See Marina dei Cesari for details.

Fuel, Water, & Electricity

Fuel station in the marina entrance. Water and electricity on the marina pontoons. See Marina dei Cesari for details.

Things to do Ashore


The Rocca Malatestiana, Fano
The arch of Augustus, Fano

The old town of Fano contains a few attractions, including a triumphal arch erected in 2 AD by the emperor Augustus, an impressive 14th - 15th century castle, the Rocca Malatestiana, and some surviving sections of the town’s 15th century walls.

Grocery & Supply Stores

Numerous provisions shops in the town.


  • Bar and café in the marina.
  • Restaurant in the marina.
  • Numerous other restaurants in the town.


In the marina.



Motorbike & Car Rentals

Several rental outlets in the town.

Garbage Disposal

Bins around the marina.


  • Buses to most local destinations from the town.
  • Railway station with connections to most destinations.
  • Airports at Falconara (Ancona) and Rimini 50 kms away.


Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)


  • Fano at the Wikipedia

References & Publications

See Italy.


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  • Data compiled from web research (please update if possible)--Athene of Lymington 17:25, 13 January 2011 (UTC)

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