If you decide to study Italian at the Centro Studi Italiani you will find all the advantages of a small town, peaceful and safe, where it is easy to make friends with the local people, and still visit all the principal tourist attractions of Central Italy.
Of course the whole of Italy has a rich and incomparable artistic and natural heritage, but it is also important to be able to study in peace and quiet where you can get to know the locals and practise your Italian.
Urbania is in the privileged position of being within easy reach of the most important Italian tourist attractions.
Our excursions run on Wednesday afternoons and all day on Sundays. During the summer months (June – July – August) it is possible to arrange weekend excursions.
You can sign up and pay for the excursions once you have arrived in Urbania and have the chance to travel comfortably around Italy.
These are some of the destinations:
Urbino, an architectural Renaissance jewel and UNESCO world heritage sight, only a few kilometers from Urbania.
Here the Renaissance flourished under Duke Frederick of Montefeltro where he built his magnificent residence, theDucal Palace.
Urbino is the birthplace of Raphael (the house is open to the public) and the Ducal Palace houses the National Gallery of the Marche with masterpieces by Piero della Francesca, Raphael and Barocci.
Florence, UNESCO world heritage sight, is universally considered the cradle of the Renaissance, whose art and architecture make it one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Its monuments and museums are famous, among which the Cathedral, Holy Cross Church, the Uffizi art gallery, the Old Bridge (Ponte Vecchio), Signoria Square and Pitti Palace.
Venice is universally recognised as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is a UNESCO world heritage sight, famous both for its superb architectural works and for the lagoon on which it is built, making it magical and unique in the world.
Our excursion to Vencie usually includes a guided tour of the “Fenice” theater.
Rimini is an internationally famous summer resort, has 15 km of beaches along the Adriatic Sea with hotels, night clubs, bathing and sporting facilities.
However, Rimini is not only a holiday resort, it is also important for its history and culture. It is a city of Roman origin where various remains can be visited (Arco di Augusto and Ponte di Tiberio).
San Marino is just a few kilometres from Rimini. It is the smallest and oldest independent republic in the world. The official language is Italian, the currency is the Euro, but you are not in Italy: they have their own laws, government and taxes. For this reason it is a shopping haven!
Gubbio is a small town in Umbria famous for its incredibly beautiful medieval historical center. Unspoilt by mass tourism with local produce of great artistic value.
Gradara, a few kilometers from the sea in the gently undulating hills, it is famous for its fortress and its old walled town, characteristic of medieval architecture. According to the legend, Paolo Malatesta and Francesca da Rimini were murdered in the fortress, an event recorded by the great Italian poet Dante Alighieri, in his ‘Divine Comedy’.
Conero Nature Reserve
The Conero Park, with Mount Conero in the center, is a nature reserve known for its flora and fauna and is one of the most beautiful spots in the Marche region.
“Gola del Furlo” (Furlo Gorge) Nature reserve
Very close to Urbania you can find the “Gola del Furlo” Nature Reserve, famous for its flora and fauna. Here you can find animals which risk extinction, like the wild cat and golden eagle.