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Urbino nel Montefeltro

Historical city centre

The beauty of the historical city centre of Urbino, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is situated at only 35 km from the sea

It may seem strange, but at only 35 km from the sea on the Adriatic Coast, here you can see the ancient (and modern) wonders of the historical city centre of Urbino stretch out in front of your very eyes and in 1998, the city became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This recognition was awarded in honour of the city’s glorious past that blossomed during the Renaissance period under the leadership of Frederick of Montefeltro and thanks to the geniality of remarkable intellectuals and artists of that era.

The historical city centre of Urbino

The historical city centre of Urbino stretches out over an area of approximately one square kilometre enclosed within imposing defensive walls. By following a closely-knit road network, it is possible to see narrow streets, a route consisting of sudden ups and downs, alleys, stairways and underpasses, palaces and churches that all together form a background of incomparable beauty, made even more suggestive by the panoramic view of the surrounding landscape.

In particular, seen from afar, the walls surrounding the Palazzo Ducale (Ducal Palace) blend in with the rest of the city and thanks also the tall side towers, you are given the impression that this is a “City in the form of a Palace”,  as Baldassarre Castiglione (author of the famous novel “The book of the Courtier” (“Il Cortigiano”) defined it.

The key points of interest that you can visit in the historical city centre of Urbino include:

  • The Ducal Palace (which is also the headquarters of the National Gallery of the Marche)
  • The cathedral
  • Raphael’s home (the Santi residence)
  • The former St. Clare’s convent (today the headquarters of the Superior Institute of Artistic Industries of Urbino)

Craftsmen’s workshops of days gone by

Even today, strolling through the lanes and narrow streets in Urbino you can still admire the small craftsmen’s workshops that have characterised the city since the 16th century. These include goldsmiths’, potters’, stucco workers’, carpenters’ workshops together with many others.
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