10 Things to Do in Urbino That You Shouldn't Miss

September 25, 2017 Jasper Kershner

Urbino (Italian: [urˈbiːno];  listen (help·info)) is a walled city in the Marche region of Italy, south-west of Pesaro, a World Heritage Site notable for a remarkable historical legacy of independent Renaissance culture, especially under the patronage of Federico da Montefeltro, duke of Urbino from 1444 to 1482. The town, nestled on a high sloping hillside, retains much of its picturesque medieval aspect. It hosts the University of Urbino, founded in 1506, and is the seat of the Archbishop of Urbino. Its best-known architectural piece is the Palazzo Ducale, rebuilt by Luciano Laurana.
Restaurants in Urbino

1. Oratorio di San Giovanni Battista

Via Federico Barocci 31, 61029 Urbino, Italy +39 0722 910259
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4.5 based on 442 reviews

Oratorio di San Giovanni Battista

Reviewed By valnowell - Nantwich, United Kingdom

The frescoes by the Salimbeni brothers of the Crucifixion and the life of John the Baptist have great charm and character. Notwithstanding the solemnity of the religious episodes and themes portrayed, they convey a wonderful sense of early fifteenth century life through their detailed observations of ordinary people. Wherever you look, you will find interesting details - children fighting, dogs licking themselves, men sporting the most outrageously fashionable hats, locals quaffing wine whilst John the Baptist is preaching and baptising.The Salimbeni may have been paid to paint great religious scenes, but they could not resist also painting what they saw around them. There is something very accessible about these frescoes and for images which are six hundred years old they have a life and vitality which is still heartwarming today.

2. Palazzo Ducale

Piazza Rinascimento 13, 61029 Urbino, Italy +39 0722 2760
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Palazzo Ducale

Reviewed By Ellen4719 - Auburn, Washington

We toured this today and had a great tour guide which made the visit very informative. It took about an hour to really study all the wonderful art in the palace. It is definitely worth a visit. Many stairs to get there.

3. Galleria Nazionale delle Marche

Piazza Rinascimento 13 | Palazzo Ducale, 61029 Urbino, Italy +39 0722 2760
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4.5 based on 461 reviews

Galleria Nazionale delle Marche

Housed in the massive Palazzo Ducale, this museum features archeological remains from the Iron Age and objects dating back to Roman times.

Reviewed By Tracy E - New York City, New York

While this collection includes works by Raffaello, Peiro Della Francesca, Bellini, Orazio Gentilleschi, ceramics, tapestries, etc.. I found myself gripped by the incredible inlaid wood decorations throughout the Palace. The height of this work was to be seen in the Duke's Apartments with The Studio

4. Parco della Resistenza

61029 Urbino, Italy
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4.5 based on 234 reviews

Parco della Resistenza

Reviewed By 868daniel12345 - London, United Kingdom

go there for pic nic and enjoy the magnificent view on the town of urbino, a bit windy when I went there but it's beautiful

5. Casa Natale di Raffaello

Via Raffaello 57, 61029 Urbino, Italy +39 0722 320105
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4 based on 634 reviews

Casa Natale di Raffaello

Reviewed By spanishmiss - Bristol, United Kingdom

I'm sure the house would have been fantastic to see but unfortunately the times listed on their website didn't correspond to the times it was actually open. There was a sign outside saying it was open in the mornings until 1300, whereas the website implied it was open all day. A great shame as we had driven 3 hours to Urbino from Montalpulciano. We thought a visit to Raphael's birthplace as well as the National gallery in the Ducal Palace and also the Cathedral would make a great day. We saw the palace first and if we had known, would have gone to Raphael's house first (the Cathedral is currently closed after the earthquake in August 2016). Maybe next time?

6. Cattedrale di Urbino

Piazza Giovanni Pascoli 1, 61029 Urbino, Italy +39 0722 2850
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4 based on 441 reviews

Cattedrale di Urbino

Reviewed By Mike K - Phoenix, Arizona

Due to the earthquake, the Duomo was under repair and reinforcement. It was a disappointment not to see the interior murals, but the structure itself, perched on its hilltop, adjacent to the palace, was stunning. It was interesting watching the workers retrofit the 600 year old structure with heavy equipment and I beams.

7. Oratorio di San Giuseppe

Via Federico Barocci 42, 61029 Urbino, Italy +39 0722 910259
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4.5 based on 94 reviews

Oratorio di San Giuseppe

The oratory of saint Joseph is one of the most beautiful and ancient monuments of Urbino, property of the st. Joseph Confraternity. It is composed by a church builted in the 17th century with a lot of frescoes, some paintings and a colossal statue of saint Joseph. There are also a sacristy with a beautiful wooden painted wardrobe, a little chapel called "dello sposalizio" and a unique room with a crib in full size made by the artist Federico Brandani in the 1550, the oldest crib in natural size in the world. In some showcases are exposed several silver objects from 18th Century, donated by cardinal Albani, and there is also a section of Confraternity History with ancient uniforms and objects.

Reviewed By 545medva - Budapest, Hungary

Just some steps from the other Oratorio another great attraction. Not only the sculptures, but the paintings are first class. It is also a must see issue.

8. Fortezza Albornoz

Viale Bruno Buozzi | Parco della Resistenza, 61029 Urbino, Italy +39 345 584 4117
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4 based on 130 reviews

Fortezza Albornoz

Reviewed By Tom_Ottantatre - Zuienkerke, Belgium

The fortess is not much special, it was not even open when we visited it, but the view over urbino is certainly worth the climb.

9. Cantina Terracruda

Via delle Serre 28 | Fratte Rosa, 61040 Urbino, Italy +39 0721 777412
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5 based on 25 reviews

Cantina Terracruda

Cantina Terracruda: Marche Doc Wines! Marche Wines DOC and IGT from Cantina Terracruda born in one of the most picturesque areas of the Province of Pesaro and Urbino. in our cellar in Fratte Rosa , Grapes are vinified to ensure the quality of a wine without compromise. Fine wines that are born in a territory to be discovered between the Montefeltro and the sea. The 3 CDOs: Bianchello del Metauro, Colli Pesaresi Sangiovese, Pergola. A territory between Mountains and sea where it's possible to produce the 3 CDOs in the province of Pesaro and Urbino . Terracruda chose to exploit the indigenous varieties, that best express the essence of the territory, starting production of CDOs and recovering ancient local grape varieties. We invite you to visit our winery and taste the best of our wine production. In the relaxing atmosphere of our newly refurbished tasting hall, you will also enjoy a splendid view on the Marches hills surrounding the Fratte Rosa village. Our Services: .Guided wine-tasting visits where you will receive good tips for your purchases; .Direct sale in the winery. Please see our opening hours By appointment only: .Guided tours to our vineyards and winery for individual visitors and groups. Italian and English speaking guides will show you around the Terracruda estate, for a direct, first-hand experience in grape growing and winemaking techniques. .Guided wine-tasting tours with the additional opportunity to taste local specialties. Contact us for further information and costs.

Reviewed By BJongh - Utrecht, The Netherlands

We stayed for one week in the apartments of Terracruda. When arriving they welcomed us like old friends, and of course with a good glass of wine. The apartments are all decorated in vintage style. There is a nice pool and the view is excellent overlooking the beautiful landscape of Marche. The small town of Fratterosa offers small bakery and have an excellent pizza restaurant! Terracruda provide wine tasting and they offer good wines and are keen to share their passion. To make you feel welcome they have small things like fresh made cookies in your apartment, fresh vegetables you can use etc. the only improvement point is that apartments on first floor are bit noisy.

10. Monumento a Raffaello

Piazzale Roma, 61029 Urbino, Italy
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3.5 based on 91 reviews

Monumento a Raffaello

Reviewed By Tom_Ottantatre - Zuienkerke, Belgium

When you pass it, it is an ok quiet park with a ugly statue, but still a nice place. However it is not worth the crazy climb from downtown.

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