"The Heart of the Marches" Urbino by Tom_Fields
Urbino Travel Guide: 54 reviews and 152 photos
This city dates back to Roman times. The Lombards took over after Rome's fall, and it was later consolidated with four other cities. In the 12th century, Emperor Frederick Barbarossa placed the Montefeltro family in charge of the city; they remained in power until 1508. The Della Rovere family then inherited the city. The Papal State annexed it in 1631, and retained control until Italian unification in 1860.
The imposing Ducal Palace of the Montefeltro family dominates the city. It appears to be more of a fortress than a palace, giving the entire town the look of a huge castle.
Urbino is also famed as the home of Renaissance painter Raphael, best known for his Madonnas (paintings of Mary and Jesus). It also has a beautiful old quarter and some fine churches. This is the best place to visit in the Marches region of northern Italy.
Raphael Sanzio was born in this humble house in 1483, the son of a painter. After picking up the basics from his father,... more travel advice
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