egrave; one of the most important places for our culture and our art was in fact one of the most important centers of the Italian Renaissance, the architectural structures of the main monuments are proof of this. The historic center of Urbino has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998. From the Duomo to the Doge's Palace, to the Oratories at the Albornoz Fortress, this city of art of about 14 inhabitants located in the Marche region gives emotions just looking at it in photos. Visiting it in one day, or even spending a weekend on it, is really worth it, for art lovers in particular. In fact, the famous painter Raphael was born here and today his birthplace can be visited, the most important theater in the country is also dedicated to him.
In this article you will find a lot of useful information for your trip, especially what to see, where to eat and what to do in the evening in Urbino.
- 10 things to see in Urbino in a weekend
- What to see in Urbino in one day: recommended itinerary
- Where to eat in Urbino: the best restaurants
- What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Urbino
- Plan your stay in Urbino: info and useful tips
- User questions and comments
10 things to see in Urbino in a weekend
1 - Doge's Palace
The Doge's Palace is definitely one of the most interesting examples of the Italian Renaissance and it is also the seat of the National Gallery of the Marche. Located in the historic center of the village of Urbino, it is a fundamental destination for those visiting the Marche region.
It was built starting from 1444 from a project by Federico da Montefeltro, who wanted the beauty of the building to surpass all other princely residences in Italy, thus making Urbino "the ideal city of the prince". The splendid gallery that is located inside holds one of the most important art collections dating back to the Renaissance period, such as the paintings by Raphael, Piero della Francesca and Tiziano.
- reachable on foot in the historic center of Urbino, in Piazza Rinascimento. A few steps away is the "Puccinotti S. Domenico" stop for local public transport - Get directions
- Tue-Sun 8: 30-19: 15 (ticket office closes at 18:15). Mon 8: 30-14: 00 (ticket office closes 13:00)
- € 8,00 full, € 2,00 reduced
2 - The Cathedral of Urbino
Not far from the Palazzo Ducale is the Cathedral of Urbino, also known as the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, today it is the cathedral of the archdiocese of Urbino-Urbania-Sant'Angelo in Vado. Following the earthquake of 12 January 1789 he came rebuilt in neoclassical style, and among the works of art inside you can see the Martyrdom of San Sebastiano, Santa Cecilia and the Last Supper, all three by Federico Barocci.
Another very interesting part of the Duomo are the Caves where there are four chapels and the Corridor of Forgiveness, where, according to an ancient tradition of Urbino, forgiveness of sins was assured by walking through it on Easter Monday.
- it is located in Via Puccinotti, in the historic center, easily reachable on foot - Get directions
- weekdays and holidays 7: 30-13: 00 and 14: 00-20: 00. The Cathedral Caves are accessible Sat and Sun 9: 30-13: 00 and 14: 30-18: 30
- Cathedral caves € 3,50, free Cathedral
3 - Oratory of San Giovanni Battista
This Oratory is one of the main city monuments. The external façade is in neo-Gothic style, representing one of the best examples of the Gothic style in all the Marche.
Inside you can see the real masterpiece, and it is painted on the walls. It is a impressive cycle of frescoes representing the Crucifixion of Christ and the Stories of the Life of San Giovanni Battista, signed by the brothers Lorenzo and Jacopo Salimbeni from San Severino.
- is located in Via Federico Barocci, can be reached on foot in the historic center of Urbino - Get directions
- Mon-Sat 8: 30-13: 00 and 15: 00-18: 00. Sun only in the morning 8: 30-13: 00
- € 2,50
4 - Raphael's house
The famous painter Raphael was born in this house on March 28, 1483, is the place where his childhood passed forming in the workshop of his father Giovanni Santi, now located on the ground floor and used for temporary exhibitions.
The museum also holds works related to Raphael's life and his time, on the first floor there are copies of his paintings and various tributes by other artists to the great painter from Urbino.
While in the "bedroom" there is the fresco that depicts the Madonna with Child, considered an early work done with his father. Still on the first floor there is a courtyard with the well and the sink where the colors used for painting were ground. It is truly a suggestive place that will make you enter the world of art.
- it is located in Via Raffaello Sanzio, within walking distance. Nearby is the "Raffaello (Repubblica)" stop for local public transport - Get directions
- mar-ott 9:00-13:00 e 15:00-19:00, dom 10:00-13:00. Nov-feb 9:00-14:00, dom 10:00-13:00
- € 3,00
5 - Mausoleum of the Dukes
Also called by the name of the Church of San Bernardino, it is located in the countryside and from here you can admire the panorama of Urbino.
It was built by Federico da Montefeltro for to keep his remains after his death. Among the works that can be seen inside, there are frescoes from 1642 and in the choir there is a nineteenth-century canvas with the Madonna and Child.
- located 2 km from the historic center, it can be reached by the local public transport line that leads to the Urbino Cemetery - Get directions
- 8:00AM - 18:00PM
6 - Oratory of San Giuseppe
The Oratory of San Giuseppe is considered one of the main museums and monuments in the city of Urbino, it is also the seat of the homonymous brotherhood. Here is preserved the sculptural complex depicting the Nativity of Christ created by Federico Brandani between 1545 and 1550.
It is placed inside a chapel that recreates the setting of a cave. In the church there is also the Cappella dello Sposalizio, dedicated to the marriage of the Virgin with St. Joseph.
- is located in Via Federico Barocci, in the historic center, within walking distance - Get directions
- Mon-Sat 8: 30-13: 00 and 15: 00-18: 00. Sun only in the morning 8: 30-13: 00
- € 2,50
7 - Carlo Bo University - Raffaello College
This is a historic building of Urbino, occupies a very large area between the Cesare Battisti, Pozzo Nuovo, San Filippo, Vittorio Veneto streets and the central Piazza della Repubblica. It currently houses: the hall of the Municipal Council, the branch office of the Prefecture, various offices of the State Police Commissioner, some departments of the local University, some rooms used for temporary exhibitions and events, the City Club, on the ground floor there are some business.
In this college there have been distinguished students like Alessandro Serpieri, who also established a Meteorological Observatory there, and Giovanni Pascoli.
- located in Piazza della Repubblica, it can be reached simply on foot or using the local public transport by getting off at the "Repubblica" stop - <= "https://www.google.it/maps/place/Universit%C3%A0+Carlo+Bo+ - + Collegio + Raffaello / @ 43.7262125,12.6359793,19z / data =! 4m5! 3m4! 1s0x132cf8308ef37eaf: 0x5e720d25f61ed0ab! 8m2! 3d43.7262115! 4d12.6365265? Hl = en "blank" target = "_ nofollow"> target = "nofollow" indications
- always accessible
8 - Sanzio Theater
The Raffaello Sanzio Theater is the main theater of Urbino. It was Federico da Montefeltro who had a bastion built at the foot of the Torricini di Palazzo Ducale, with helical ramps inside. In 1800, the Sanzio Theater was superimposed on this bastion.
Unfortunately today the theater is located almost always closed, but in front of the entrance there is a curved wall that arouses a lot of curiosity because if you arrange yourself at both ends of the wall and try to speak softly, the person on the other side will hear you.
- located in Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi it is within walking distance. Also within walking distance is the "Garibaldi (Teatro)" stop for local public transport - Get directions
- not accessible inside
9 - The walls of Urbino
The walls represent the defensive walls of the ancient city of Urbino, are very well preserved and recently the walls have also been restored. It was built in the first half of the th century at the behest of Duke Francesco Maria I Della Rovere.
The Porta Valbona is one of the main gates of the city, and the symbol of the city walls. Of great importance are also Porta Lavagine and Porta Santa Lucia, located in the north marking the border of Urbino.
- Porta Valbona is located on Piazza del Mercatale, in the center, within walking distance - Get directions
- always accessible
10 - Albornoz Fortress
The Fortress (or Rocca) Albornoz is a fortified construction built on the highest point of Monte di San Sergio in Urbino. It was built in the second half of the fourteenth century with a defensive function, and today it houses the Bella Gerit Museum, with archaeological finds and a part reserved for the history of war equipment in use between 1300 and 1500.
The large space in front is a public park dedicated to the Resistance. Its elevated position offers a panoramic view of the city and the landscape of Urbino, here young students usually lie on the lawn and spend the hours studying outdoors, or relaxing in the sun with friends.
- it is located in the Resistance Park at Viale Bruno Buozzi, it is in the center so it is easy to reach on foot - Get directions
- Bella Gerit Museum Sat and Sun 10: 00-13: 00 and 14: 30-18: 00. Public park 8: 00-19: 00
- € 3,00
What to see in Urbino in one day: recommended itinerary
Urbino is a small town, but things to see are certainly not lacking as it is one of the most important artistic and architectural centers of our Italy. This is a possible one day itinerary, which we suggest starting with a walking tour with a local guide to see the main attractions of the country.
The Tour starts in the historic center starting from Porta Valbona which marks the very entrance to Urbino. Here, stop for breakfast at Caffè degli Angeli, and then continue visiting the Palazzo Ducale and the Duomo.
For lunch, stop by Il Cortegiano Ristorante, to taste local specialties.
In the afternoon, after having lunch, stop at the Oratory of San Giovanni and Raphael's birthplace, two symbolic places of Urbino and Marche. Then when evening approaches, reach the Albornoz Fortress to relax in its public park and admire Urbino from its panoramic point, after visiting the Museum located inside it.
End the evening with an excellent dinner at La Terrazza del Duca.
One day itinerary at a glance
- Breakfast at Caffè degli Angeli
- Porta Valbona - always accessible - ticket price: free
- Palazzo Ducale - opening hours: Tue-Sun 8: 30-19: 15, Mon 8: 30-14: 00 - ticket price: full € 8,00, reduced € 2,00
- Urbino Cathedral with the Caves - opening hours: Cathedral 7: 30-13: 00 and 14: 00-20: 00; Caves of the Cathedral Sat and Sun 9: 30-13: 00 and 14: 30-18: 30 - ticket price: € 3,50
- Lunch at Il Cortegiano Restaurant
- Oratory of San Giovanni - opening hours: Mon-Sat 8: 30-13: 00 and 15: 00-18: 00, Sun 8: 30-13: 00 - ticket price: € 2,50
- Casa di Raffaello - opening hours: summer 9: 00-13: 00 and 15: 00-19: 00, Sun 10: 00-13: 00; winter period 9: 00-14: 00, Sun 10: 00-13: 00 - ticket price: € 3,00
- Albornoz Fortress with the Bella Gerit Museum - opening hours: Museum Sat and Sun 10: 00-13: 00 and 14: 30-18: 00; public park 8: 00-19: 00 - ticket cost: € 3,00
- Dinner at La Terrazza del Duca
Where to eat in Urbino: the best restaurants
- Il Cortegiano Restaurant: restaurant with garden offering Marche specialties, including pasta and homemade desserts
Average price per person: € 15,00
Address and contacts: Via Puccinotti, 13 (Get directions) / tel +39 0722 320307
- The Terrace of the Duke: restaurant with typical products at km 0
Average price per person: € 20,00
Address and contacts: Borgo Mercatale, 23 (Get directions) / tel +39 0722 2826
- Taverna La Fornarina restaurant: restaurant with a suggestive location and homemade cuisine
Average price per person: € 30,00
Address and contacts: Via Giuseppe Mazzini, 14 (Get directions) / tel +39 0722 320007
- Il Buco la Bottega della Pizza e Cresceria: characteristic and historic pizzeria restaurant in the Marche region
Average price per person: € 10,00
Address and contacts: Via Cesare Battisti, 1 (Get directions) / tel +39 338 4214711
What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Urbino
If you stop in Urbino for after dinner and want to reach some nice places, there is no shortage of offers. In center you can find the most popular pubs where you can have fun with your friends while drinking a beer or a cocktail.
Here we recommend three ideal places to spend the evening on the town:
- Twenties Cocktail Bar: cocktail and beer place with typical dishes such as crescia / Address and contacts: Via Cesare Battisti, 2 (Get directions)
- Underground Pub: place with excellent cocktails / Address and contacts: Via Federico Barocci, 6 (Get directions) / Facebook page
- Bunker 83: born as a cultural center but today it is a disco with live music and many evenings / Address and contacts: Via Nuova, 4 (Get directions) / Facebook page
Plan your stay in Urbino: info and useful tips
- the best ways to reach Urbino are from Pesaro (37 km) and Fano (48 km). It is also possible to reach the city with the local buses of Adriabus, which connect the nearby towns
- Getting around: on foot as it is a small town. Its territory is constantly uphill so if you are not fond of walking you can always use city buses, the cost of the ticket is € 1,00 and lasts one hour
- Where to park: if you have a car you can park comfortably and for free at the former train station (Get directions) or, closer to the historic center, at the Mercatale Parking (Get directions)
- Hotel and b & b starting from € 40,00 per room -
- What to see in the surroundings: Fermignano (9 km), Petriano (14 km), Urbania (16 km), Acqualagna (18 km), Isola del Piano (20 km), Lunano (27 km)