Time to revisit Urbino


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January 27th 2016
Published: January 28th 2016
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Urbino from the fort built inside the city walls Urbino from the fort built inside the city walls Urbino from the fort built inside the city walls

The last bastion if the city was breached
In 2014, Liz and Anna were cycling from Pesaro to Urbino, then to Gubbio and finishing at Assisi, only to arrive at Urbino towards darkness, unable to find the accommodation and led astray by the 'trusty' Tom Tom. After much drama they were rescued by a wonderful, kind Italian who looked after the bikes and drove them to the B and B which turned out to be another 25km away! oh Lordy! Therefore, this trip included a revisit to the historic, hill top, university town they did not get to see at all and to put to bed some bad memories! Alora! Success.

This town is built almost entirely from bricks, apart from the paving, the cathedral interior (which was almost entirely marble) and facades of important buildings. There was very little stone to be seen today although the city is very old and one of the most famous hill top, fortified cities in Italy. Thousands of photos of streets, doors and other amazing features were taken, but we will take pity on you and only include a few.

There were newbie students attending an open day today and the city was buzzing with enthusiasm and excitement. What a
Another aspectAnother aspectAnother aspect

Note the beautiful hills that liz and Anna rode through
beautiful, clean, safe city in which to study. as is the norm now in these old cities, parking us for residents only and huge fines are imposed for those who dare to venture into these Zona traffico limitato: translated as foreigners pay us some money please. We get the impression that tourism is seen as the salvation of Italy's financial troubles as everything has quite expensive entrance fees and parking is by ticket only in most tourist areas. 😆not that Australia is much better.


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City wallCity wall
City wall

All the way Round and very high
City streetCity street
City street

Reminiscent of many other towns but brick no stone
LayersLayers
Layers

All the cities are built on hilltops so the streets and buildings layer down, up and around
FountainFountain
Fountain

We waited for the polizia to move from in front to take our photo - don't try to hurry Italian police they seem to have much power!
PalazzoPalazzo
Palazzo

One of a few all now owned by the government aka the people
Palazzo 2Palazzo 2
Palazzo 2

Imagine living in these
OrretorioOrretorio
Orretorio

Anyone for a song?
CollonadeCollonade
Collonade

The students walked this way to classes - reminds us of Melbourne university
Stone seatStone seat
Stone seat

Now this is an idea for Michaels metal garden seats
Marble floor tilesMarble floor tiles
Marble floor tiles

An amazing effect on all the floors inside the cathedral
Cathedral splendourCathedral splendour
Cathedral splendour

Three parallel sections all built of magnificent marble, statues, painted domed armed - such a beautiful sight
Painted roofPainted roof
Painted roof

Gold edged and paintings by Italian masters
Another streetscapeAnother streetscape
Another streetscape

Where the normal people live and lots of student housing


28th January 2016

Ah sweet memories
Hi Anna for some reason There is no option to comment on your next entry, but so glad you made it back to Urbino and got to see and explore the old city. That was a stressful day for us, how nice that you can relax this time around. Xx
28th January 2016

Relaxing
Hi liz yes indeed and lovely to hear from you xx
3rd April 2016

FYK
just to let you know: nobody cannot enter into the city centre (Zona Traffico Limitato) apart from residents of the city centre itself, disabled or temporary pass. That is every citizen of Urbino, and not just foreigners, who does not dwell in the city centre has to pay if he/she want to park in the numerous pay parkings.
5th October 2016

urbino residents
Thank you for this clarification Luca: we thought that might have been the case

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