Visit Urbino, what to see in the city of Raphael
If you are staying in a hotel in Pesaro and are surprised by a cloudy day, or if you have chosen Marche for your Easter holidays, do not miss the opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful art cities in central Italy.
Situated in the rolling hills of the Marche, from its fortress, the Albornoz Fortress, 900 metres above sea level, you can enjoy a superb view over the valleys of the Metauro and Foglia rivers. Wander along the narrow streets of its centre and admire the medieval and Renaissance lines of its buildings; Urbino's peculiarity is that it has remained as large as it was in its heyday, the Renaissance.
Walking in the historic centredeclared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1998, amidst small craft shops and fashionable boutiques, you will encounter many university students, doubling its original population. In fact, the city is home to a very popular university, and as a result there are many little places to stop and eat a crescia, a kind of puffed piadina stuffed with lots of imagination. There are also museums, churches and historic buildings, including Raphael's house.
Also worth visiting is the Ducal Palacean imposing monumental building, built around the middle of the 15th century and designed by some of the most influential architects of the period, including Francesco di Giorgio Martini and Luciano Laurana.
Inside is housed the National Gallery of Marchewith a rich collection of renaissance worksone of the most important in the world.
There are works by Melozzo da Forlì, Raphael, Piero della Francesca (with the famous paintings, The Flagellation and The Ideal City), Paolo Uccello,Timoteo Viti and Titian. Also worth visiting is the Cathedral, which took the place of the Renaissance church by Giorgio Martini that was destroyed by an earthquake in 1789.
Here is preserved The last cena by Barocci.
In the birthplace of Raphael you can admire the famous palettes and the tools the artist used to mix the colours that went on to compose his paintings. Urbino is of Roman origin, rising in fact in the 3rd century BC. It then developed during the Middle Ages and experienced its period of splendour from the 15th century onwards, when the Duke of Montefeltro gave life to one of the liveliest courts in Europe.
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