Protected by its ancient walls, Urbino rises high, between the valley of the river Metauro and the Foglia. The city is surrounded by a hilly landscape that has inspired poets and artists, from Castiglione to Pascoli. From a distance it shows itself as impressive and elegant, with the unmistakable historical center made of bricks, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The ancient Roman structure remained almost unchanged until the Middle Ages, when under the Dukes of Montefeltro Urbino lived a wonderful metamorphosis: palaces, squares and streets took the size of an articulated urban structure in perfect harmony with the surrounding landscape. And across all architectures, the Ducal Palace built by Federico da Montefeltro became the emblem of Renaissance culture, the symbol of a power that does not close in a defensive fortress, but instead opens the beauty, art and knowledge . The facade of the ducal residence, with the two “Torricini” which rushes upwards, as a sign of bias towards a constant intellectual growth that looks beyond earthly things, is the icon that summarizes the identity of Urbino.
Today the Ducal Palace is home to the Galleria Nazionale delle Marche. And among its many rooms full of masterpieces we can admire The Flagellation and The Madonna of Senigallia painted by Piero. The two works offer us a perfect set of lights, shapes and perspectives, which almost magically refer to the architecture, lights and landscapes that still today we can discover strolling Urbino.
Galleria Nazionale delle Marche:
+ 39 0722 2760
Piazza Rinascimento 13, 61029 Urbino (PU)
Products and dishes of the territory of Urbino
- PDO(Protected Designation of Origin): Casciotta of Urbino, Carpegna Ham, Extra virgin olive oil of Cartoceto;
- DOC (Denomination of controlled origin): Bianchello wine of Metauro;
- Appetizers: crostini with chicken liver crostini with black cabbage, panzanella;
- First course: Truffle of Acqualagna;
- Main dishes: accompanied by crescia sfogliata;