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Urbino is a town situated in the Marche region of Italy. It is well known for the the medieval palace built by the Duke of Urbino, one of the largest in Italy, and for being the birthplace of painter and architect Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio). Today, from the park above Urbino, one can really visualize a fairytale like Cinderella.
Bus 46 and bus CD/CS run from the train station in Pesaro to Urbino. Journey take approx 45 min - 75 min depending on which bus. During weekday the buses are regular and frequent, but there are very limited bus service (09:15, 12:15, 14:15, 16:15, 18:15, 19:15 and 20:15) goes from Pesaro to Urbino during Sunday. Tickets can be purchase from newspaper stands or from the ticket machine on the Bus, but exact change require as the machine on the bus do not give change back.
The airports closest to Urbino are Ancona, Bologna, Rimini, and Forli. These are all regional airports and one should expect to pay for extra transportation to bring them from the airport to Urbino.
Buses run daily between Urbino and Rome. (Except on Sundays)
Everywhere is within walking distance in Urbino but wear sensible shoes for the medieval streets and steep hills within the city. On arrival at Urbino bus station there is a lift in the Tourist Information Office (cost €0.50), which takes you up to the foot of the palace. Or you can enter the city through the gate and walk up the hill to the main square.
- Galleria Nazionale delle Marche (National Gallery), Piazza Rinascimento 13 (Palazzo Ducale), ☎ +39 0722 2760, . Tuesday-Sunday: from 8:30 to 19:15 (ticket office closes at 18:15). Monday: from 8:30 to 14:00 (ticket office closes at 13:00). One of the most important art collections in Italy. It includes masterpieces by artists such as Piero della Francesca, Paolo Uccello, Giusto di Gand, Raphael, Titian and more. edit
Sip a cappuccino in the Piazza della Republica, at the center of town. Visit the town museum, which is free and open on weekdays. The Duke's palace is also open to visitors and costs 4 Euro. It is filled with medieval paintings and statues, but all descriptions are in Italian. Don't miss the basement servant quarters and remember to bring a sweater because it is kept very cold.
Bosom Pub is a hot spot for students and often has drink specials. It is especially busy Thursday nights. They play a mixture of Italian and American music.
El Piquero is another hot spot for students, particularly on Thursday nights. DJs play a mix of musical genres depending on the crowd. DJs are usually receptive to requests. There are often drink specials.
Cafe Del Sole is a cafe by day and bar by night. Featuring live music and friendly service, Cafe Del Sole is a popular spot for an apertivo.
Thursday nights are the major "nights out" in Urbino. Due to Urbino's popularity as a study abroad destination, you will find the piazza lively and crowded year-round. Drinking alcoholic beverages in public/outside is, of course, legal. Many students use the piazza as a meeting place before heading to the various bars in town. There is no curfew to speak of, and things usually die down around 3 or 4am depending on the weather. However, this lively, college-student culture does not have a negative impact on the town. The streets are cleaned every morning between 4:00 and 5:00, so, come morning, there are no plastic cups, broken glass, or cigarette butts to speak of.
Every Saturday there is a market where you can find just about anythings for a decently low price. This includes clothing,shoes,bedding,fruits,vegetables,seafood and meat. There is also an antique market the first Sunday of every month all other Sundays almost all shops will be closed. All shops are also closed daily between 2-4
Urbino is also well known for its Italian language schools and several prestigious universities.
- Centro Studi Italiani  Italian language school and Italian culture courses for international students. School of italian for foreigners that offers language courses and opera singers courses. The courses are known and acknowledged by foreign universities. The school itself is not located in Urbino, but in Urbania. Urbania is a tiny town of around 6,000 people and located around 30 minutes from Urbino.
Opposite the Duomo, go to the Piquero Pub to have a drink with local students. Situated in a cellar, it always provides great atmosphere.
Crescias are an Urbino specialty. try one with Prosciutto Crudo and formaggio.
Noi&Voi is a popular pizza shop near the bottom of Via Giuseppe Mazzini. The service is fast and friendly.
- Agriturismo Bellavista, Via Sant'Egidio, 25, Urbino (PU) close to village Torre, Tel: 0722.340172 Fax: 0722.340172, double bedroom 45 Euro
- Bed and Breakfast Urbino Oasi della Pace (Bed and Breakfast Urbino Oasi della Pace - b&b urbino), Via Ca' Pandolfo 30 (Fermignano), ☎ 0722 330616, . Between the sea and the mountains, we also find a "hill" situated in the Metauro Valley between Fermignano and Urbania, on the hillside to the right near to the village of San Silvestro. As well as running a farming concern, I also offer bed and breakfast accomodation in a quiet and relaxing setting, inside our new and extremely comfortable family home. The position is perfect for reaching both the Adriatic sea, with Fano, Pesaro and Rimini only 40 minutes' drive away, and the heart of the Apennines in the Marches region (Carpegna, Mount Nerone and Mount Catria) - also a 40-minute drive away. There are also many areas of artistic and cultural interest nearby (Urbania, Urbino, San Marino, San Leo, Gubbio, etc.). edit
On weekdays the express buses leave at xx:55 minutes past the hour back to Pesaro and take around 50 minutes. It is advisable to reserve a seat on Inter-City trains from Pesaro. Regional trains are always overcrowded.
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