Urbino, a city located in the hills of the Marche region, has gained international fame for its extraordinary artistic and cultural heritage. However, its notoriety is not only due to its artistic riches, but also to its history and the key role it played in the Italian cultural landscape of the Renaissance. In the heart of Urbino is the Ducal Pala...

Urbino, a picturesque hill town in central Italy’s le Marche region, is famous for its Ducal Palace, the first in Italy, and as the home town of the painter Raffaello (Raphael). The palace holds one of Italy’s top collections of Renaissance paintings. In the 15th century, Duke Federico da Montefeltro established Urbino as one of the most influentia...

Italy is filled with Renaissance beauty: Florence, Perugia, and Siena. Mantova, Pavia and Ferrara, just to name a few.  This is not surprising, because the Renaissance, the historical and cultural period that, in Italy, runs from the very early 14th century to the end of the 16th, is as much a symbol of our art, culture and contribution to civiliza...

In one of the most famous paintings in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy, Federico da Montefeltro gazes at his wife, Battista Sforza, as they stand in front of the landscape over which they ruled. Undulating hills rise to volcano-like peaks on which towns perch. The ragged Apennine mountains stalk the horizon, and what's thought to be the Metau...

The historic centre of Urbino is a magical place and, since 1998, its beauty has earned it inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The beautiful palaces, churches and characteristic narrow streets transport the tourist directly back to the atmosphere of fifteenth century when Urbino was the glittering city of the dukes, rich, in cultural ferme...