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"Fabriano, finest paper art (Marche)" Top 5 Page for this destination Italy Shopping Tip by Trekki

Italy Shopping: 80 reviews and 151 photos

  I love that booklet, it is a piece of art!
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  • I love that booklet, it is a piece of art! - Italy
      I love that booklet, it is a piece of art!
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  • Small leather booklet with handmade paper - Italy
      Small leather booklet with handmade paper
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  • Watermarks in or as bookmarks :-) - Italy
      Watermarks in or as bookmarks :-)
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  • Other artistic bookmarks :-) - Italy
      Other artistic bookmarks :-)
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  • Bartolini shop, inside - Italy
      Bartolini shop, inside
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Fabriano, sadly a rather unknown town in western Marche, is THE place to buy finest paper and paper art. The best selection can definitely be found in Museo della Carta e della Filigrana, that's where the history of watermark invention is displayed and shown. I could have bought everything… But I liked these little booklets in my main photo most: it has a size of 5x4 cm (and 2 cm thick) and is a model of a book with leather cover, a little string to “close” the book and a magnificent decoration on the cover: letters, made with the technique of old book lettering. But they also have bookmarks, and little books (10x14 cm, each with a different kind of paper inside), albums, writing sets and much more.

Have a look at the paper museum’s website. Check their site map for links to the product groups, listed under “shopping”. When I was in Fabriano (April 2008), a group of young artists had a small workshop inside of the museum. One of them made this wonderful leather booklet with old book lettering. I think, she has her own website now: Artincarta

Another shop I liked was Bartolini, just off Piazza del Comune (direction duomo and Pinacoteca, photo 4 and 5). I bought a nice album for a colleague’s wedding there.

Prices vary. They depend on the size and art skills of the products. Watermark bookmarks are between 3 and 5 €, bigger watermarks can cost up to 10 €. The small leather only booklet was 10 €.

Region: Marche;
nearest airport: Ancona (Falconara), approx. 45 min – 1 hour by car or train.

Location of Fabriano on Google Maps.

© Ingrid D., January 2010 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.), update March 2011: location on Google Maps added.

Theme: Local Craft

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 14, 2013
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