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by iandsmith

A classic Renaissance/mediaeval hilltop town, Urbino is touted in a guide book as having "Italy's most beautiful Renaissance palace". The Palazzo Ducale, being brutally honest here, was not worth the price of admission. Though it certainly had some interesting artistic works and the building itself was in a good state, compared to, say, the Pitti in Florence it doesn't really rate.
In hindsight our time would have been better spent wandering the delightful streets of Urbino and dipping in to the neo-classical Duomo on Piazza Federico; the Oratorio di San Giovanni Battista with its 15th century frescoes; the Fortezza dell'Albornoz on the Viale Bruno Buozzi or the Casa Natale di Raffaello, once home of Urbino's most famous son, the painter Raphael.
The town has a certain charm about it with its clean streets and obvious civic pride in their past.
Keen for the tourist dollar the local information centre also has free internet! Now there's something you won't get in Rome or Florence.
Notice in the picture the timeless vision of an old lady working in the hillside vineyard while the bulk of the city above her dominates the surroundings.

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  • Written May 28, 2003
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