Driving up through the mountains to this thousand-year-old plus town, you emerge at the crest of a hill and the sturdy fortress walls protecting the city appear.
Urbino is a World Heritage site; the myriad cool, dark alleyways off the main streets make up a kind of maze where you could get lost without trying, the stone buildings stand grand, tall and silent, it's the birthplace of Renaissance painter/architect Raphael too. You can feel the history here as you walk through.
It's a university town now so the streets are always alive with people and there's plenty of places to eat, drink and people watch. Saturdays see a market set up high in the park at the very top of the town too.
︎ Marche Map