Hidden in the hills is Urbino, one of the most elegant cities in the Renaissance. The historic center, UNESCO World Heritage, is still as it was designed by the famous warlord and duke Federico da Montefeltro in the 15th century. The medieval city lies on top of a hill and is surrounded by a thick city wall. Steep narrow streets, mostly accessible only to pedestrians, are bordered by houses and palaces of red brick and white marble. The streets lead you to the spectacular Palazzo Ducale and the
A walk through the old streets, called piole, takes you past the most beautiful monuments, churches and squares. Urbino is a large open-air museum that takes you back to the beginning of the Renaissance. On the outskirts of the city you can look out over the valley of the Metauro and the Cesane nature park. Piazza della Repubblica is a meeting place for locals, students and travelers. Urbino is a university town and therefore has a lively center with lively bars and restaurants. Small craft boutiques are located in the various streets.