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RENAISSANCE TOWN OF URBINO

The somber and the frivolous in perfect harmony

Urbino is a university town, perching on the foothills of the northern Apennines. There is about 15000 people living in this historical city. The dominant architectural style is medieval, but it is on the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites, due to its renaissance legacy. Several of the most renowned renaissance artists and architects stayed in Urbino, leaving behind a surprisingly harmonious blend of the somber medieval and the frivolous renaissaic building styles.

Palazzo Ducale is a perfect example of what makes Urbino special. Today it hosts Galleria Nazionale della Marche, with one one of the most important collections of renaissance art, but the building in itself might be an even more important piece of art. It was built during the latter half of the 16th century by architects Maso di Bartolomeo, followed by Luciano Laurana and finished by Francesco di Giorgio Martini. Although these three gentlemen had very different visions of the finished palace, resulting in a mix of strict geometrical patterns and rounded, flowing archways that’s still perfectly balanced.

Another place of interest is of course the house where Raphael stayed while he lived in Urbino. It can parade, among many other beautiful paintings, a fresco that was painted by the young Raphael.

As is the case with most university towns, Urbino is an extremely diverse and dynamic town. There are always cultural and culinary events to attend to. Always something going on. Every July, the town arranges the Festival Internazionale di Musica Antica, this has been a highlight of every year since 1969. Enthusiasts come from all over the world to play music and instruments that have been silent for centuries. Well worth a visit.

After all, this Italy, so not only is there a wine festival, dedicated to the local grapes, but also a cheese festival, where one can enjoy the locally produced Casciotta d’Urbino. Legend will have it that this was the favourite cheese of Michelangelo.

Urbino has historically been central to the production and painting of majolika, a typ of ceramic ware known for its strong, fiery colour. Special to Urbino was the focus on historical and mythical motifs that often covered the whole ceramic vessel. Urbino has also been famous for the crafts of bookbinding and illustrations. Although there has been a steep decline of practitioners due to generational shifts, there is still a small, but vital community in Urbino dedicated to keeping these crafts alive.

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Emilia Romagna's Adriatic Coast, the Riviera of the fun
Emilia Romagna's Adriatic Coast, the Riviera of the fun
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The medieval town of Gubbio
The medieval town of Gubbio
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Senigallia, the town called velvet
Senigallia, the town called velvet
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City of Fabriano
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Matelica, the sweet town with the stormy past
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Perugia, the capital city of Umbria
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Assisi, a place of worship, serenity and peace
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Trasimeno lake, a world of its own
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The province of Fermo
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Florence – the cradle of european renaissance
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PROPERTIES FOR SALE IN URBINO

LAST PROPERTIES FOR SALE IN URBINO AND SURROUNDINGS

COUNTRY HOUSE
HABITABLE
1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 1733m2
Frontone | Le Marche region
Distance: 28km
COUNTRY HOUSE
HABITABLE
1 bedrooms | 1 baths
Cesena | Emilia Romagna region
Distance: 49km
HISTORIC PROPERTY
NEEDS RESTORATION
1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 1387m2
Anghiari | Tuscany region
Distance: 51km
TOWNHOUSE
HABITABLE
4 bedrooms | 2 baths | 170m2
Albacina | Le Marche region
Distance: 54km
APARTMENT
RESTORED
2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 190m2
Perugia | Umbria region
Distance: 72km
APARTMENT
RESTORED
2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 110m2
Perugia | Umbria region
Distance: 72km
COUNTRY HOUSE
RESTORED
5 bedrooms | 4 baths | 300m2
Passignano sul Trasimeno | Umbria region
Distance: 73km
VILLA
HABITABLE
5 bedrooms | 4 baths | 334m2
San Feliciano | Umbria region
Distance: 73km
TOWNHOUSE
RESTORED
3 bedrooms | 1 baths | 160m2
Magion | Umbria region
Distance: 75km
HISTORIC PROPERTY
RESTORED
5 bedrooms | 4 baths | 700m2
Tolentino | Le Marche region
Distance: 78km
TOWNHOUSE
RESTORED
2 bedrooms | 1 baths | 70m2
Vicchio (Florence) | Tuscany region
Distance: 91km
COUNTRY HOUSE
RESTORED
3 bedrooms | 3 baths | 250m2
Montegiorgio | Le Marche region
Distance: 100km

PROPERTIES FOR SALE IN LE MARCHE

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450,000 €
Carassai, Le Marche, recently renewd country house

In Carassai, in the lush and green Le Marche, we offer and elegant two floors country house with a stunning…

COUNTRY HOUSE | RESTORED
3 bedrooms | 2 baths | 300m2
Carassai | Le Marche region
295,000 €
Property with project included in Frontone north of Marche region

The property is located in Frontone, north of Marche region, ("the Switzerland of the Marches"). The location is strategic for…

COUNTRY HOUSE | HABITABLE
1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 1733m2
Frontone | Le Marche region