Monday, May 26

A Leisurely Day in Urbino

The most famous town in Le Marche is Urbino which is about a 30 minute drive from our Agriturismo.  So, what do you do in Urbino when you just want to stroll around, the museums are closed & your getting kinda hungry? 
Here are our favorite pictures, places to eat, spots for a picnic & market days.  
Enjoy a caffe or aperativo in in outdoor cafe in the main square- Piazza della Republica & people watch! There is a large university in Urbino so there are always tons of students out & about. 
For dinner try Taverna degli Artisti (Via Bramante, 52) - many many years ago it used to house art students & still has the remnents on the ceilings of their work! A wonderful dinner, romantic & lively - very reasonably priced. 
After dinner, wander your way through town making your way back to the Piazza della Republica for gelati - try the spot on the corner - Romana!
The weekly market passes through Urbino every Saturday - eat your way through the streets.  Gather enough bread, cheese (pecorino of course!), maybe a porchetta sandwich (whole roasted pig stuffed with herbs & rosemary) and head for a picnic overlooking the valley!
Our favorite spot is Parco della Resistenza for incredible views of Urbino, the Metauro Valley, Monte Nerone & even the Adriatic Sea! Just relax & breath it in - don't forget your bottle of wine! (The main picture of Urbino at the top was taken at this park, same with the one below)
Thursdays in Urbino are the craftsman Market - find handmade goods from shoes & handspun yarn to paper & many other artisanal oddbits - perfect for gifts to take home from your holiday!
Another great picnic spot & place to stroll to is the statue of Raphael. Locals are passionately proud to live in the birth place of this famous artist. Its a bit of walk straight uphill, but worth it for the statue & views (and that's where the Saturday market is located as well)
Urbino has recently been honored as a UNESCO World Heritage Site! It's history is rich especially in its influence in art not only in Italy but around the world. Most known for its famous residents of Raphael & the Duke of Montefeltro there are many museums & a fantastic botanical garden & beautiful palaces & cathedrals to take you back in time to the 15th century.  Even if you only have time for an afternoon stroll through its windy streets & steep stone steps Urbino is not to be missed!
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