ROMAN THEATRE IN FANO - Fano
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The Superintendence of Architectural Heritage of the Marche Region has performed multiple digging in the Solazzi’s former textile mill, conducted over the years 2001-2006.

These excavations have brought to light interesting elements that allow us to roughly estimate the theatrical building footprint.

To date there are three areas of excavation at the site that belong to the remains of the public building.

The Roman Theatre of Fano has a relatively recent history. The analysis of ancient representations of the city of Fano, never present the footprint of the theater. Only in 1976 appeared a clear reference to the theater complex even if, today, in the light of the finding, it is clear that someone else should be aware of it, since different building structures (a main body of the Spinning Mill and an electricity hut), insist on the unequivocally Roman ruins. The theatre, in fact, being inside the city walls, has undergone a long process of building stratification, enough to occupy an entire block surrounded by the actual Via De Amicis, Via Ceccarini, Corso Matteotti and Via Vitruvio.

The remains are related to a continuous series of seven steps pertinent to the ima cavea of the building, made in opus testaceum using sesquipedalian bricks. The orchestra with the proedria was also identified. Unfortunately, nothing has emerged in relation to the scene. The proposed reconstruction shows an overall width of the front of the theatre of about m 70.

The Roman theatre of Fanum Fortunae, erected in a central and vital area of the Roman colony, fits in well with the impressive Augustan urban redesign pertinent the colonial implant.

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