Urbino, the Italian “cradle of the Renaissance” (in the World Heritage List)

Surrounded by the hills, between the Metauro and the Foglia valley, there is Urbino, a town with a huge historical and artistic background. Exactly because of this it is so easy to get lost while walking through its historic center, gazing up at the sky.

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Urbino is surrounded by city walls in cotto tiles and given even more beauty by its sandstone buildings. Thanks to the work of influential artists, from being just a village Urbino became the “cradle of the Renaissance” and, still today, you can experience its 15th century atmosphere while walking through its historic centre. This peculiarity let the town receive the honour of entering the World Heritage List in 1998.

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Urbino has very ancient origins, the Roman name Urvinum derives indeed from the Latin term urvus (urvum is the curved handle of the plough), but it is in the 15th century that the city experiences its greatest splendour and especially thanks to the contribution of Federico di Montefeltro Urbino acquires that monumental and artistic excellence that widely extended over the rest of Europe. Walking down the alleys, tourists can admire all the buildings of the Renaissance Urbino: the former Monastery of Santa Chiara, the Church of San Domenico, the Mausoleum of the Dukes in the Church of San Bernardino, Palazzo Boghi and the majestic Palazzo Ducale, where the Urbino treasure is kept. Urbino, beautiful from both an artistic and landscape point of view, offers an evocative panorama made of roofs and churches.

Interesting facts

Both Bramante and Raffaello took their first steps right here, in Urbino. Especially Raffaello, who was trained in the paternal workshop, made his first appearance with works commissioned by the nearby localities of the duchy. Raffaello‘s house is a Renaissance building in the heart of the ancient artistic district, open to the public and hosting works of various kinds and origins. Particularly evocative are the kitchen and the courtyard of the house, where there are a well, a sink and some stones to grind the colors. On the second floor there are several rooms and each of them houses copies of famous paintings by the artist, portraits and even donations made to the Raffaello Academy.

Every year, usually in September, the Kite Festival takes place in Urbino. This is a real race with a real winner, that is the one who manages to make his kite fly higher.

Since from the XVI century, art is created in the small workshops in the town: goldsmiths, ebony carpenters, ceramists, many were the artisans linked to the building industry (plasterers, painters, carpenters, stonecutters); in some shops in the historic centre it’still possible to closely observe the ancient techniques used for unique creations..

Here there is one of the oldest universities, the Carlo Bo, which was founded in 1506. Urbino has more university students than local residents, the town boasts a famous Academy of Fine Arts and it’s also known as the “capital of the book” because of the Institute for the Decoration and Illustration of Books founded here in the second half of the 20th century.

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Enjoy your holiday! 🙂

Ciao da Cris e Marco del blog in giro in giro

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