URBANIA is a small, pleasant, welcoming and safe town, rich in art and history, where it is easy to make friends and practise the language. The surrounding territory, between Tuscany and the Adriatic Sea, is one of the best conserved in Italy: mountains, sea, hills and the art cities of central Italy are all nearby.
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.
However, Urbania does not live only on its glorious past. Today, it is a thriving center for the manufacture of denim by the best Italian fashion designers.
Urbania is a historical and modern town where everyone can feel at home. In fact, Urbania has all modern comforts. There are supermarkets and all kinds of shops, excellent sporting facilities, restaurants and “pizzerias”. There are concerts, shows, exhibitions and entertainment of all kinds, especially during the summer (June – September).
With the student ID that we give all course members, discounts and reductions are available in many shops and museums in town.