The Italian town of Urbania is situated in the north-west of the Marche region, south-west of Urbino.
The town is best known for its attractive medieval centre, and for the Palazzo Ducale. It is also a well known centre for the production of ceramics and the painted earthenware known as majolica.
The original medieval village of Urbania (at that stage called Casteldurante) was subsequently developed during the renaissance as a place of summer residence for the Dukes of Urbino, and buildings reflecting both of these periods can be seen during a visit.
Tha Palazzo Ducale dates originally from the 13th century, although much modified in the 15th and 16th centuries. Inside the palace there is a small museum and art gallery. There is also a small library and exhibit of maps prepared by Mercator, an important 16th century cartographer.
Other noteworthy highlights include the Church of the Dead (if you enjoy seeing 500 year old mummies!) and other interesting medieval buildings, along with part of the original defensive walls of Urbania. There is also a small cathedral, much modified in the 18th century, and a couple of churches.
There are also a good selection of bars and restaurants in Urbania, and a focus on the ceramic industry in the town with shops and workshops where you can buy the pottery or learn more about its production.
Urbania doesn't take very long to explore, and is a little off the 'tourist trail' but its attractive setting and well preserved historical centre mean a visit is recommended when you visit this central part of Italy.
Photos taken in and near Urbania, Marche
Map of Urbania sightseeing & popular sights
Selected places to visit near Urbania, Italy
See the Marche guide for more travel ideas...