The history of the town of Urbino, chief town together with Pesaro of the homonym Province loses itself in the centuries. Of ancient origins – it seems that its name derives from the Latin term urvus (the bent handle of the plow) – this extraordinary ducal city owes however to the Renaissance its definitive architectural and cultural flowering. It was in fact in the XV century that, under the Dominion of the Montefeltros, Urbino reached its greater apex. Governed since 1444 to 1482 from Fred III from Montefeltro, it became soon the crib of some among the principal artists of the Renaissance, from Piero della Francesca to Leon Battista Alberti, up to Bramante and Raffaello Sanzio, which was born here in 1483.
The historical center, dominated from the imposing Ducal Palace that is also center of the National Gallery of Marche it is the incontrovertible example of a radiant past. From 1998, this Renaissance jewel is recognized Patrimony of the humanity by the UNESCO what in the official motivation has remembered as “Urbino represents a pinnacle of art and Renaissance architecture harmoniously suited for its own geographical conformation and its medieval past”.
To further testimony of its past cultural splendour, the ducal city of Urbino boasts a university founded in 1506 and still today among the most prestigious Italian Athenaeums. It is constantly center of cultural events of great relief. From Riccione, you comfortably reach Urbino in 40 minutes.