Torricini
Urbino by night
City of urbino
Torricini
Duomo
City of urbino

Urbino, the ideal city for the last five centuries!

Yesterday..

The Ideal City, which can be dated back to a period between 1480 and 1490 is on display in the National Gallery of the Marche and it is one of the symbol images of the Italian Renaissance. The painting was created for the refined court of Federico da Montefeltro and it has been attributed to many of the artists that frequented Urbino, including: Piero della Francesca, Luciano Laurana, Francesco di Giorgio Martini who, together with Raphael, played a part in elevating Urbino to the status of ideal city.
Urbino Città Ideale - Hotel Urbino

Today..

Urbino’s fame as ideal city has lasted through the centuries. To the extent that in recent years, the city centre was classed a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

I don’t have a clear idea of what this city, this island,
this separate world has meant over the centuries.
Yet it is here that the heart of Italy beats;
there is something that has been miraculously created over past centuries, which can be summed up now,
symbolised by the Ducal Palace. Around this idea, which is an idea of art,
an idea of beauty and poetry, around this core, something developed autonomously
– with the intervention of many people, of the many generations that followed –
and it continues to belong to the kingdome of art,
poetry, and intelligence: in one word, the soul”.
Carlo Bo, La città dell’anima
History on a human scale
Coming to Urbino is like entering a canvas by Piero della Francesca, the Ducal Palace, every street and every building, every view of the landscape, tells you, in images, about one of the most flourishing periods in Italian culture. The castles and fortresses built by Francesco di Giorgio Martini and dotted around the area, tell us something of the sieges and epic fights between Federico da Montefeltro and Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta, lord of Rimini.
Unique events that are reflected in the area
The Montefeltro region is a place of silence, relaxation and peace. A place where time slows down, where the nature, colours, scents and flavours of the seasons can still be perceived. An ideal landscape where you can regenerate from the daily hustle and bustle and where you will discover the true and authentic beauty of central Italy. A place made of peaceful people, but people with a sense of fun, who love to enjoy life, in the town squares and at the many local fairs and festivals. Absolutely not to be missed are the truffle fairs in Acqualagna; Biosalus, the festival of organic products and holistic wellness, as well as the palio events and historical re-enactments.
A city in the form of a palace... an open-air museum
The whole city centre of Urbino is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Walking through its streets and enjoying the views from the Albornoz fortress, or standing below the twin turrets, is already a cultural experience and one that fills the eyes with beauty. Those who visit Urbino should not miss the Ducal Palace, which is also home to the National Gallery of the Marche and the Duke’s study; the Cathedral and its Diocese Museum; Raphael’s house; the Oratory of San Giuseppe with its stucco nativity crib and the Oratory of San Giovanni Battista with its mediaeval frescos.
Travelling through the history of the Montefeltro region
History has marked the countryside in the Montefeltro since the time of the Umbrans and Etruscans. Travelling along its winding roads with their breathtaking views, it is possible to see the different marks left by Romans, Christianity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, with relics in the castles, fortresses, towers, small, wholly fortified towns and the churches with their many works of art. The Montefeltro region is also a spiritual and religuous area, and the most important religious orders have left abbeys, hermitages, and monasteries behind them, some of which are still places of worship and inspiration.
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