Unesco heritage site
Urbino is by far the most famous city in the Marches region. One of the most famous Italian artists of all time, Raffaello Sanzio, was born there and it was inhabited by one of the most refined and complete civilisations of the Renaissance. In the 15th Century, under the rule of Fredrick II of Montefeltro, Urbino became a cultural pole of the western civilisation. The historical centre of the town still bears witness to that ancient, architectural and environmental splendour.
Places to visit include the Cathedral, destroyed and rebuilt in neoclassical style during the 18th and the 19th centuries; the Ducale Palace, a masterpiece of renaissance art and home to the regional National Art Gallery: the Church of St.Domenico ( 14th Century); The Palazzo dell'Università where the Montefeltro family lived: the 15th Century house of Raffaello.