Gubbio, Umbria: what to see, where to eat and what to do in the evening

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Gubbio is located in the north-eastern part of Umbria and is one of the most picturesque cities in the green central region. His medieval look it has remained almost unchanged over the years and is an ideal destination for those who love history. The city landscape is dominated by the bulk of the Palazzo dei Consoli, symbol of the city, as well as the beautiful churches, archaeological remains from the Roman era and the traditional Festa dei Ceri.
Here is a guide on Gubbio: what to see, where to eat and what to do in the evening.


  1. 10 things to see in Gubbio in a weekend
  2. What to see in Gubbio in one day: recommended itinerary
  3. Where to eat in Gubbio: the best restaurants
  4. What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Gubbio
  5. Plan your stay in Gubbio: info and useful tips
  6. User questions and comments

10 things to see in Gubbio in a weekend

1 - Piazza Grande

The city panorama is characterized by the complex that includes Piazza Grande, the Palazzo dei Consoli and the Pretorio one.
To visit the complex and the whole center in general, we recommend the tourist card with discounts and audio guide (€ 5,00)

As can be easily understood, the square is the beating heart of the city, as well as being an exquisite example of a "hanging square", as from here you can enjoy a splendid view over the valley. The square is loved and frequented by both citizens and tourists, it is also one of the places where the events of the television personality of Don Matteo take place.

  • through the lift that from via Baldassini leads directly to Piazza Grande - Get directions
  • lift 9: 00-18: 30; square always accessible
  • free

2 - Palazzo dei Consoli, Civic Museum of Gubbio and Palazzo del Podestà

The Palazzo dei Consoli dominates the city center and, thanks to its position, it is easily accessible by preventing from any neighborhood. It has a Gothic facade and was the first Italian building to be equipped with running water, pipes and toilets. Inside the building today is the seat of Civic Museum of Gubbio, with a picture gallery and a beautiful collection of ceramics. The museum also preserves the famous Eugubine Tables, or seven bronze plates on which it is inscribed the most important text in the Umbrian language which describes some ancient religious rites.
Il Palazzo del Podesta it is located in front of that of the Consuls, on the other side of the square, and is today the seat of the municipal offices.

  • walk in Piazza Grande - Get directions
  • 10:00-13:00/15:00-18:00, sab e dom 10:00-18:00
  • € 7,00, reduced € 5,00, free for children up to 5 years

3 - Doge's Palace

Also called Corte Nuova, it is a majestic Renaissance style building result of works of extension and transformation of a nucleus of medieval buildings, it therefore represents an exception in a predominantly medieval village. Today it houses a historical museum and it is possible to visit some rooms on the ground floor, the basement and a study by Federico da Montefeltro identical to the one formerly present in the Ducal Palace of Urbino (now preserved at the Met in New York).

  • on foot, via a staircase from Piazza Grande or with a comfortable lift - Get directions
  • 8:30-19:30, lun 13:30-19:30
  • € 5,00, reduced € 2,00 (from 18 to 25 years), free up to 18 years

4 - Palazzo del Bargello and the Fountain of the Fools

The palace is built in the Gothic style and dates back to the year 1300, it is today in an excellent state of conservation and is one of the most beautiful buildings in Gubbio. Today it houses the Crossbow Museum and takes its name from the police chief, of whom it was the residence. In front of the building is the Fountain of the Fools, a building that made Gubbio known as the "city of madmen": it seems that those who come from outside must run three laps around the fountain and be bathed in water to become a citizen of Gubbio with the nickname "Honorary Fool of Gubbio", where by crazy we mean an ironic and joking person.

  • walk in the historic center - Get directions
  • Fri, Sat, Sun and holidays 10: 30-13: 00/15: 00-18: 00
  • € 2,00, reduced € 1,00

5 - Cathedral of Gubbio

It is also known as the Basilica of Saints Mariano and Giacomo Martiri (their remains are also preserved here, in a late-antique sarcophagus located under the main altar), it dates back to the th century (although it was remodeled several times in the over the centuries) and is one religious building in the Gothic style. The interior, also in Gothic style, has a single Latin cross nave supported by ten large arches.

  • on foot, or by taking the second lift from via XX Settembre to the cathedral - Get directions
  • 9:00-17:00; ascensore 9:00-18:20
  • free

6 - Churches of San Francesco

In the city they are present two churches bearing the name of San Francesco and that are related to his life. The first church is where the Saint went to take refuge after escaping from home, the second, the Church of San Francesco dei Muratori or of Peace) is remembered for the famous episode of the wolf: the story tells that San Francesco, when he arrived in Gubbio, found it deserted precisely because of a wolf, of which the inhabitants were very afraid. The Saint looked for the animal in the woods and, once he met him, said to him: "Brother Wolf, in the name of God I order you not to hurt me, me and all men". The stone on which the pact was signed, the cave that served as a lair and the stone of the wolf's tomb are visible in the church of San Francesco dei Muratori.

  • walk in the historic center - Get directions
  • Church of San Francesco 8: 00-12: 00/15: 30-19: 30 (in winter it closes at 18:00); Church of San Francesco dei Muratori Fri-Sat-Sun 10: 00-13: 00/15: 00-18: 00
  • church of San Francesco free, church of San Francesco dei Muratori € 2,00, reduced € 1,50

7 - Basilica of Sant'Ubaldo

The attractions in this case are two, the Basilica and the cable car which leads from the center of Gubbio to Monte Ingino, where the church is located. The journey consists of a climb of about 500 meters closed in a cage-shaped cabin that can hold a maximum of two people. Once suspended in the void it is possible to admire one splendid panoramic view of the city and surrounding countryside. The basilica preserves on the altar the neo-Gothic urn with the uncorrupted body of Sant'Ubaldo, patron saint of Gubbio, as well as the huge candles of the famous festival held every year on May 15th.

  • the cable car is a 15 minute walk from Piazza Grande - Get directions
  • download the timetable of the cable car - basilica 7: 00-19: 00
  • return ticket € 5,00 (€ 4,00 one way); free basilica

8 - Roman Theater and Antiquarium

It is located at the northern limits of the historic center and is an encompassing archaeological complex the remains of a Roman theater which could hold up to 6.000 spectators and was one of the most capacious of the time, with perfectly preserved mosaics. In summer, the theater still hosts some shows today. The nearby Antiquarium, on the other hand, exhibits some finds coming from a Roman domus that were found under the foundations, with other mosaics that are part of the ancient masonry and flooring.

  • on foot in the center, a short distance from the lifts, just outside Porta degli Ortacci and between via Matteotti, via Perugina, via Ubaldi and via Parruccini - Get directions
  • Thu-Sun 8: 30-17: 30
  • € 3,00, reduced € 2,00

9 - Feast of the Candles

It's a centuries-old tradition which takes place every year on May 15, on the eve of the patron saint's day. The event involves the transport of the so-called candles, three gigantic wooden structures which weigh about four quintals each. On the top of each candle there are the statues of Sant'Ubaldo (protector of masons and stonecutters), San Giorgio (protector of craftsmen and merchants) and Sant'Antonio Abate (protector of farmers and students). Carried on the shoulder and running along the streets of the historic center, the candles reach the basilica of Sant'Ubaldo on Mount Ingino not before being protagonists of a wild race, in which the "ceraioli" are accompanied and encouraged by the crowd. Each year the event attracts spectators from all over the world.

  • the event takes place in the streets of the historic center
  • every 15 May throughout the day
  • Free

10 - Church of San Giovanni Battista

It is the church of Don Matteo in the television drama. It is about a religious building in Romanesque style dating back to the thirteenth century where there was an ancient baptistery. Its bell tower is very beautiful, tall and elegant, even if the church is known and frequented precisely for being the setting for many episodes of the beloved TV series starring Terence Hill. The real parish priest of San Giovanni collects the letters of the fans in a special box and then sends them directly to the actor.

  • walk from Via XX Settembre, turning left on Via della Repubblica to Piazza San Giovanni - Get directions
  • always accessible respecting the prayer time
  • free

What to see in Gubbio in one day: recommended itinerary

Start your day in Gubbio with breakfast at Bar Europa, with an average cost of € 5,00. The first stop is the archaeological complex which includes the Roman Theater and the Antiquarium. Then proceed towards Largo del Bargello to reach the Bargello Fountain and get the special "crazy license" by making three laps right around the fountain. Follow via dei Consoli until you arrive in Piazza Grande, you can decide to visit the Civic Museum and picture gallery to admire the Eugubine Tables.

Stop for lunch at Ristorante alla Balestra, and then reach via XX Settembre and take the lift that will take you to the cathedral and Ducal Palace (you can also get there on foot but the road is uphill, the lift is free and open from 9: 00-18: 20). Returning to via XX Settembre and continuing straight on but in the opposite direction from Piazza Grande, you will reach the Colle Eletto cable car station, which will take you to the top of Mount Ingino where there is the basilica of Sant'Ubaldo, inside which the Tre Ceri are kept.

Go back to via XX Settembre with the cable car and stop for dinner at La Locanda del Cantiniera, with an average cost of € 30,00.

One day itinerary at a glance

  1. Breakfast at Bar Europa
  2. Roman theater and the Antiquarium (Thu-Sun 8: 30-17: 30, € 3,00, reduced € 2,00)
  3. Bargello Fountain
  4. Piazza Grande
  5. Civic Museum and the Picture Gallery (Sat and Sun 10: 00-18: 00, € 7,00, reduced € 5,00, free for children up to 5 years)
  6. Lunch at the Balestra Restaurant
  7. Cathedral of Gubbio (9: 00-17: 00, free)
  8. Ducal Palace (8: 30-19: 30, Mon 13: 30-19: 30, € 5,00, reduced € 2,00, free up to 18 years)
  9. Cable car and Basilica of Sant'Ubaldo (download the timetable of the cable car - basilica 7: 00-19: 00, € 5,00 cable car)
  10. Dinner at La Locanda del Cantiniera

Where to eat in Gubbio: the best restaurants

The typical Umbrian cuisine consists of specialties based on truffles, mushrooms, locally sourced meats, salami and typical cheeses and much more. Despite being a rather famous and popular tourist destination, in Gubbio it is possible to find trattorias and restaurants offering traditional specialties with generous portions and low prices.

  1. Osteria dei re: typical Umbrian tavern with locally raised meat specialties
    Average price per person: € 35,00
    Address and contacts: Via Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour, 15B (Get directions) / tel: 0759222504
  2. Tavern of the Wolf: starred restaurant, revisited traditional dishes, cheese fondue specialties with truffles
    Average price per person: € 50,00
    Address and contacts: Via Giovanni Ansidei, 6 (Get directions) / tel: (+39) 0759274368
  3. Picchio Verde Restaurant: local salami specialties and homemade desserts
    Average price per person: € 25,00
    Address and contacts: Via Savelli della Porta, 65 (Get directions) / tel: (+39) 0753755180

What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Gubbio

Gubbio is a tourist city and frequented by visitors from all over the world, but it cannot be said that it has a particularly developed nightlife. Lately, however, clubs and structures have been opened precisely to make the nightlife more lively, which in Gubbio is still very quiet, more chic and elegant than festive and noisy.

The best pubs, clubs and discos

  • Martintempo Lounge Bar: one of the most popular places to have an aperitif or apericena, specialty cocktails and a relaxing atmosphere / Address: Via Baldassini, 42 (Get directions)
  • Charly: historic disco of Gubbio's nightlife, two rooms with commercial, house and Latin American music / Address: Strada Statale della Contessa, 6 (Get directions)
  • The Village: one of the largest pubs in the city, also offers Mexican, American and vegan dishes, organizes theme nights / Address: Piazza dei Quaranta Martiri, 29 Get directions)

Plan your stay in Gubbio: info and useful tips

  • by train Railway line Rome - Ancona Fossato di Vico / Gubbio station (€ 12,35) connected by bus service (30 min, € 2,00)
  • Getting around: the places of interest are gathered in the center, which can be visited on foot thanks to the free lifts
  • Where to park: free parking area located near the Roman Theater
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 52,00 per room -
  • What to see in the surroundings: Perugia (52 km), Assisi (52,8 km), Spello (64,8 km), Todi (86 km), Spoleto (87,8 km)

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