The historical center of Urbino has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Since 1998, because it was one of the most important centers of the Italian Renaissance. The small town preserves the architectural heritage of the ancient times in all its splendor. Urbino has ancient roots, but the first documentation can only be traced back to the third century BC. The "Palazzo Ducale" is an absolute masterpiece of Renaissance art, and today it’s the home of the headquarters of the prestigious "Galleria Nazionale" of the Marches. The "Palazzo" contains several masterpieces such as the "Flagellazione", the "Madonna di Senigaglia" by Piero della Francesca, or the "Muta" by Raffaello Sanzio.
The town bears the mark of a long history of art and culture, and you can admire many ancient churches in its streets: the cathedral, rebuilt by Valadier after the earthquake in 1784; the splendid travertine portal of the Church of St. Domenico; the medieval church of St. Francesco with its beautiful Gothic tower and the great altar of Federico Barocci; and the oratory of St. Giuseppe with the famous crib of Brandani.
Other important historical buildings are the "Palazzo Albani", and the birthplace of Raffaello, seat of the academy of the same name. At the top of the town you will find the fortress Albornoz with a view of the surrounding hills. On one of the hills lies the church of Bernardino from the fifteenth century, the seat of the duchy mausoleum. Because of its history, and the many monuments and works of art, Urbino is an interesting destination for art-loving travelers,
Participation in village life:
Cultural events and activities take place in Urbino throughout the year. Participating in the traditional and old festival of paper-making, which takes place on the first september day, is very interesting. The celebrations begin mid August with the Feast of the Duke. During this festival the old town returns to the times of the Renaissance. Historical markets, dances, and performances make the past of the duchy of Urbino tangible again. Not to be forgotten are the ancient castles and fortresses of the duchy of Urbino and Montefeltro, with more than ten fortifications of Giorgio Martini, one of which is the well-known Montefabbri.