Sea, mountains, music and majolica tiles: the splendour of nature and history of Urbino, the so-called Riviera delle Colline or "Riviera of Hills."
This vast expanse of central Italy ranges from the Apennine Foothills to the Adriatic Sea. The landscape is kaleidoscopic, composed mainly of hills and highlands. The area is a popular destination for tourists seeking a variety of experiences. Geology has truly worked its wonders here, rendering the Province especially charming and unique. A visit to this area becomes a discovery of the relationship between city and sea, between the agricultural and the urban, between the coast and rolling hills. In short, it is an area to explore and admire its unusual beauty.
Be sure to see one of the most evocative sites here: the Fonte Avellana Hermitage and the Romanesque-Gothic Church, mentioned by Dante in the 21st Canto of his Paradiso. Visitors to Urbino will find its grandeur particularly captivating. Surrounded by 16th-Century walls built by the Montefeltro family, first is the Ducal Palace, with its winged façade that opens itself out to the city. The Palace is a symbol of a new, more humanistic architecture, where the geometric rigour of proportion dominates. The ‘Staircase of Honor,’ decorated by Ambrogio Barocci, conducts visitors into the National Gallery of The Marches, a Palace museum with invaluable artworks. In Duke Federico’s apartment reside two masterpieces by Piero della Francesca, The Flagellation and The Madonna of Senigallia, while in the Duchess’s apartment are Rafphael’s Portrait of a Young Woman (La Muta), Bramantino's The Blessing Christ, along with Titian's The Last Supper and The Resurrection, to name but a few. Finally, the Cathedral and Diocesan Museum reconstructed in the neoclassical style after the 1789 earthquake. From there, walk along Via Raffaello to arrive at Raphael Sanzio’s birthplace, still exhibiting engravings and reproductions of his masterpieces. Urbino's extraordinary Renaissance art and architecture, which blend superbly with its Medieval past, so much so that Urbino is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Finally, visit the Ducal Palace, Sant’Angelo in Vado and the Mercatello sul Metàuro.