Urbino is a beautiful walled city which was a creative hub during the Renaissance. Located in the Le Marche region of Italy, Urbino was first a Roman then medieval town.
However, it was during the fifteenth century, particular during the time of Duke Federico II da Montefeltro, that Urbino flourished, playing host to intellectuals and artists from around the country.
Much of the architecture of Urbino was influenced by some of the biggest names of the time. For example, its walls followed the designs of Leonardo Da Vinci. Notably, it was also the birthplace of the painter Raphael, the site of which is now a museum.
Today, much of Urbino is charmingly frozen in its cultural heyday, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in this period. The city is home to numerous palaces, the most famous of which is Palazzo Ducale, a fairytale-esque structure begun in the fifteenth century which is now home to a national art museum.
There is much to see in Urbino including its cathedral or “Duomo” and the fourteenth century Albornoz Fortress.
Since 1998, the historic centre of Urbino has been a UNESCO World Heritage site.