Saturday, June 12, 2004 - Umbertide to Urbino

 

       

 

After a great climb, descent and some quick rollers, this was our first sight of the city. The Ducale palace just dominates the vista. It was hard to capture the whole palace in my viewfinder, even from this distance.

 

           

 

Urbino was the perfect Renaissance city. The artists Raphael and Bramante were born here. A most difficult site was selected for the Palazzo Ducale, but the brilliant architect Luciano Laurana managed to turn it into an advantage. it has been said that the palace is like a city and the city like a palace. This seems a fitting description for this civilized, cultivated and surprising town in the beautiful Marche countryside.

 

           

 

Ducal Palace, with more than 300 rooms, is the main course of a visit to Urbino. Highlights include great paintings such as Raphael's La Muta,  the remarkable intarsio (inlaid wood) walls of the duke's study, the vast cellars, and the Renaissance courtyard. We took the tour, of course.

 

Below - This Cathedral next to the palace is considered an eyesore with its towering neoclassical facade

 

       

 

Everywhere we went today we ran into this wedding party