In possession of the Orange flag of the Italian Touring Club since 2001, Fanano is located in an area of great natural beauty, almost untouched. Traces of its long history can be found in many civil and religious buildings, and in the historic trails such as the Via Romea. This place is also known as the "city of stone" for the age-old tradition of stonemasons. Among its illustrious ranks is Felice Pedroni, the most famous Italian gold prospector in Alaska, who founded the city of Fairbanks in 1904 , now the sister city of Fanano, and who is celebrated every year with the "Pedro Felix Day".
In winter and summer, the village welcomes visitors with many opportunities.
Fanano is part of the ski resort of Mt. Cimone which offers the largest ski area in the Tuscan - Emilian, with 50 km of slopes all interconnected and accessible with a single electronic ski pass, served by modern lifts.
Along the three sides of the mountain there are slopes for everyone: long and wide, with challenging slopes and more than 600 vertical meters for expert skiers, as well as shorter and easier slopes for those who enjoy skiing and relaxing.
Fanano is also included in the Regional Park of the High Apennines of Modena, with an altitude ranging from 640 m (Fanano center) to 2165 m. For this reason this area is well known for walks or biking. All around it there are historical villages, churches, old houses, surrounded by a natural environment and wonderful views. A lot of green areas and paths are also available for lovers of hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking.
A peculiarity of this place is the stone work that has influenced the historical evolution of this community. In continuity with this traditional art of expression, the International Symposium of Stone Sculpture was born. Artists from all around the world have produced more than 250 sculptures now located throughout the surrounding area. These works give substance to the Park Museum of Sculpture in stone, that is a rare example of a public collection of contemporary sculptures currently present in Italy.
Fanano has a famous tradition of food and wine. The typical dishes of the mountains can be tasted in the many village festivals during the summer, reminiscent of ancient tastes, and based on the fruits of the mountains such as blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, as well as vegetables, fruits, mushrooms, honey, jams, and flour.
In Fanano there are sports facilities of all respect such as an ice rink, swimming pool, sports hall, a great soccer field, horseback riding, tennis, volleyball, basketball and soccer. There is also a fully equipped health club to relax any time of year.
Two important recurring events are hosted in the beautiful setting of the old village: the VII Festival of Mountain Fruits, the last weekend of July, where you can discover delicious flavors, and the Mushroom Festival in late September when the "cioppadelle", better known as porcini, are the queens of the food stands. You can buy them fresh or dried and taste also other species of mushrooms and the restaurants offer special menus for the occasion.
From the center of town, following the signs to Canevare-Cimoncino, tourists can reach the ski resort of Cimoncino Fanano (12 km). The lifts of Monte Cimone are usually open from early December until the end of March. During this period, snow tires or chains are required to come up to the slopes. Upon arrival, an ample parking is available free of charge for campers stopping overnight.
Do not miss a visit to the two beautiful lakes that adorn the natural ridge: Pratignano lake, identified as the highest-altitude moorland in Emilia Romagna, is extremely important in botanical terms because of the presence of a small insectivorous marsh plant that is very rare in the Apennines; Scaffaiolo lake has been the most famous since antiquity and it is characterized by an important road that connects Modena to Pistoia.