LIFE IN URBANIA
Urbania is a very welcoming place where everybody speaks Italian. In this typical Italian town students can live a genuine Italian lifstyle and sample the warmth of Italian hospitality in an authentic and unforgettable environment.
Nestled between the Apennine Mountains and the Adriatic Sea, Urbania is historically known as an ancient center of art and culture. When founding the school, the town was intentionally chosen to best accomplish the school’s winning vision: ‘small courses in a small town’. Students have the chance to fully immerse themselves in a safe and unspoiled environment and focus on their studies.
There are supermarkets and shops of all kinds; gyms, bars, restaurants, cafes, and pizzerias.There are concerts, shows, exhibitions and entertainment of all kinds, especially during the summer (June – September).
Urbania is a valid alternative to cities invaded by mass tourism. In Urbania it is easy to make friends and practise the language.
The city, originally called Casteldurante, was built during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance period. It was a center of art and culture. It is the birthplace of Donato Bramante and other important artists, including the illustrious ceramics masters of the XVI and XVII centuries.
The Dukes of Urbino built two residences here: the Ducal Palace, where the last Duke of Urbino, Francesco Maria II della Rovere (+1631) held his court, and the Barco Ducale, the dukes’ hunting lodge.
Urbania has a glorious musical tradition. It is the birthplace of Girolamo Crescentini (1762-1846) and has an important and historical opera theater (Teatro Bramante), inaugurated in 1864 with Verdi’s “Trovatore”. In addition, Urbania’s modern auditorium seats 500 people.
Urbania has two important museums: the Civic Museum and Art Gallery, together with a library containing many antique volumes, Flemish prints, renaissance drawings and Mercatore’s famous world map and the Diocesan Museum.
The cathedral is of great interest (it was the antique Benedictine abbey of St. Christopher) and there are numerous churches and Renaissance buildings. The historical center still has the fascination of its golden age (XIV – XVII centuries) and numerous ateliers and ceramic shops can still be found lining its cobbled streets.
The school is located in an ancient building in the heart of the Urbania historical center. Bar, restaurants, supermarkets, banks and all other facilities are within walking distance.
The building contains a wide range of student facilities, such as numerous classrooms, several piano studios, an art studio, a courtyard and an extensive Wi-Fi network.
A historical public library is very close by and all students have free access to the library services.
Main building address:
Via Boscarini, 1
61049 Urbania (PU)
Mon.-Fri.: 8.30 a.m./1.00 p.m. – 2.00 p.m./5.30 p.m.
Centro Studi Italiani provides a wide range of services based on students’ needs:
- Visa assistance
- Residence permit assistance
- Medical assistance
- Pick-up from/to airports
- Car rental
- Student ID (discounts and reductions available in many shops and museums in town)