Welcoming atmosphere, peace, culture, delicious food and wonderful landscapes as far as the eye can see: that's what those who choose to come to Urbino will find. Perfect expression of the Italian civilization, for its art, history and landscapes, Urbino raises between two pleasant valleys, merging in harmony with the surrounding green hills. Two steps away from the Adriatic Sea and the Central Apennines, Urbino rises in an enviable location where you can completely enjoy the varied Italian territory. Urbino dates back to the IV century B.C. The Romans gave this town its peculiar shape, similar to the bow of a boat, and named it Urvinum Metaurense. Under the rule of the Dukes of Montefeltro, Urbino underwent huge changes, thus becoming one of the most beautiful cities of the Italian Renaissance. The Duke Federico from Montefeltro, great warrior and man of culture, especially contributed to this enterprise. Indeed, he gathered at his court the architects Luciano Laurana and Francesco di Giorgio Martini and commissioned the present Ducal Palace, a genuine jewel of the Italian brains.
This «palace-shaped town» -as Baldassarre Castiglione called it in "The Book of the Courtier"- with its court life, became an example for the entire peninsula. Painters (such as Piero della Francesca, Paolo Uccello, Melozzo da Forlì, Giusto di Gand and Pedro Berruguete), writers (such as Baldassarre Castiglione and Pietro Bembo), architects (such as Leon Battista Alberti and Bramante), philosophers, mathematicians (such as Luca Pacioli and Paulus von Middelburg), poets (Bernardo and Torquato Tasso), the musician Ottaviano Petrucci da Fossombrone followed one another, thus bringing prestige to Urbino.
Raffaello Sanzio (the house where he was born can still be visited) is by far the most illustrious citizen of Urbino.
Many important people of the Italian culture were born here, such as the architect Girolamo Genga, the painter Federico Barocci, the mathematician Federico Comandino, the architect and mathematician Muzio Oddi and in the 20th century the writer Paolo Volponi, who was always intimately linked to its city until he died in 1994.