There's a lot of climbing to do here in Urbino
On our way from San Marino to Urbino the roads became smaller, the mountains higher and the traffic less busy. A good beginning! We saw the village of Urbino from a distance because it's built on a hill. Very nice, untill you have to walk the hill up to the historical center! Fortunately, we got permission to drive into the historical center with our car, to drop our luggage. After doing that we drove out of the center again, and then approached the city from another road. From here, we had a great panoramic view of the city. We had a great view of the ducal palace which looked really impressive from this road. But hey, we were down the hill again so we had a long walk up again to the hotel.
The view from the ducal palace
We had some nice Italian aperitifs, a quick dinner and we planned what to do the next day: The ducal palace. We woke up early the day after to head to the palace. It was accross the street actually so it didn't take a lot of effort. We decided to visit the palace with an audioguide, which was really usefull. What a lot of information! But not boring at all, actually it was very interesting to know a little more about this beautifull palace. I think that if we visited the place without the guide, our visit would have taken only half an hour but now it took 2 hours. We saw so much more now. My favourite part was the basement where the kitchen and the stables used to be. The temperature here was also quite nice, because it was about 40 degrees celcius outsite. Another beautiful part of the castle was the former library entirely made of wood! So beautiful! From this part we also had a great view of the landscape around Urbino.
The courtyard of the palace
After 2 hours we finished the visit. We wanted to go to one of the many oratorios of Urbino. Others told us that it would be really beautiful. We visited one next to the palace but we didn't think it was very special. Maybe we visited the wrong one...
We had lunch on the central square again and enjoyed the real Italy with a nice drink and a view on some old Italian men having endless conversations. With a full stumach we walked up to the other side of the town, to the route panoramico from where we had a great view of the city. Urbino is really like a fairy tale. It takes some climbing and walking but it is really worth it. I can recommend it!