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Steeped in beauty and history, the hilltop town of Urbino is the capital of Italy's Le Marche region. While the region is best known for its Adriatic coastline, Urbino attracts visitors inland and away from the beaches with its collection of Renaissance art and architecture.
The town's historic centre has received World Heritage Status from UNESCO. The town rose to prominence during the 15th century under the rule of Federico da Montefeltro. He commissioned Europe's premier architects and artisans to create what was to be the model city.
Ducal Palace is considered by many to be one of Italy's best palaces. Nowadays, the palace houses an extensive collection of Renaissance art, including the works of Urbino-native Raphael.
The city has a long history of promotion of the arts and sciences. Its university opened in 1506. Urbino also has a reputation for production of art, particularly majolica pottery and ceramics.
Public transportation within Le Marche is limited and time-consuming. Those looking to explore the beaches and beauty of this scenic region are strongly encouraged to book car hire for the duration of their stay.
Within Urbino, car hire can be easily booked from: Via Mazzini, 22/24 c/o agenzia viaggi Ulisses' travel, Urbino, 61029, Marche.
With a car hire vehicle at your disposal, you can take in any one of the area's fine beaches. Beaches such as Gabbice Mare are ideal for those who enjoy people-watching and a lively atmosphere while northern beaches such as Pesaro and Fano are perfect for those who enjoy a relaxing sunbathing session.
A short drive from Urbino will lead your party to the Gola della Rossa-Frasassi national park. The park is home to golden eagles, owls and peregrine falcons. Within the park you can explore the Frasassi Caves, one of the largest cave networks in Europe.