Federico II da Montefeltro
Urbino came to Montefeltro family in 1155 as a reward for stifling a rebellion against emperor Barbarossa. The town bloomed during the reign of Federico II da Montefeltro (1422-1482). He didn't just give the town it's present form, but made Urbino one of the cultural and artistical centers. Gaining power over some neraby towns he created his own dukedom.
It came in decline in 1508 when son of Federico II, Guidobaldo, died without a heir.
At the end of 16th century Urbino again came to power for a very short time and in 1631it came finally under the authority of church. Many of the works of art were then moved to other cities, like Rome and Firenze. On the picture is the relief of Federico II. It's very similar to the very famous painting made by Piero della Francesca. He made portraits of Federico and his wife Battista Sforza which can be seen in Firenze in Galleria Degli Uffizi.
In Urbino all houses tend to have the same letter box, like the one you see on the picture. They have oldfashioned designe with towns coat-of-arms on them. I find them relly nice and it's also a great idea to have one standardised letter box that give town small stone in the mosaic.
San Bernardino Church
This, 15th century, very simple church stands on a hill just outside of the Urbino city walls (to south-east). Also known as the ''Mausoleum of the Dukes'' as both Federico II. and his son Guidobaldo with his wife Elisabetta are buried here.
Summer Study Program
"Summer Study program"
I studied in Urbino Italy during the summer of 1981 while an Undergrad at Rutgers, below is the current information about that program
SU M M E R S T U D Y I N I T A L Y 2 0 0 6
The Department of Italian is conducting its thirty-fourth summer program in Italy in the beautiful city of Urbino to provide students at various levels with an opportunity to study Italian in its natural environment. In association with the Department of Art History at Rutgers University the program offers two courses for students of art history who can take advantage of the immense resources in this field at Urbino and other Italian cities. Urbino provides an ideal location for summer study for its climate, its proximity to the major centers of Italian culture, its University, and the superb setting of a Renaissance city. Beaches on the Adriatic are within easy access. The Summer 2006 Session will be under the direction of a Professor of Italian at Rutgers.
Participants must be undergraduates at Rutgers or other colleges, or high school seniors who will enter college in 2006-2007, whether at Rutgers or elsewhere, and who will be eighteen years of age at the time of the group’s departure. Teachers and other qualified applicants may also be admitted on a space available basis. No previous knowledge of Italian is required since the program offers language courses at the elementary, intermediate, and advanced level and the Art History course is conducted in English. Applications will be considered as soon as they are complete, and the applicant will be notified of the decision promptly. Applications received after April 1 will be processed on a space available basis.
Students will stay in dorms at the University of Urbino. Three meals a day will be provided.
Program cost includes group excursions to some of the most beautiful cities in Italy. In the last few years we have visited Florence and Siena staying at first rate hotels.
The group will fly from New York/Newark to Italy on approximately July 2 and will be taken to Urbino by bus. Program cost includes round trip air fare to Italy with a choice of return dates. Students are responsible for their own transportation to the airport on their return date and for their own expenses during the period after the end of the program. The air fare will be deducted from the program cost for those students who wish to make their own arrangements.
$4,000.00 (In-state) and $4,150.00 (Out-of-state). $1,500.00 is payable upon acceptance and the balance by May 15. Program costs include round-trip airfare, room, board, tuition, and group excursions. Students must pay for lunch on group excursions, their own personal expenses, dental work, vacation travel, books, etc. and $35.00 health insurance for the duration of the program. The program accepts no responsibility for personal property which must be insured separately if so desired and reserves the right to make any changes necessitated by circumstances. Travel insurance is available from the travel agent.
August 15, 2010: Festa del Duca
Festa del Duca, Urbino, each year in mid August (around ferragosto),
Some youtube videos, since I wasn't in a position to take photos or videos in August 2010:
RAI1 Festa Del Duca 2010,
Urbino, Festa del Duca 15/08/2009
Urbino, Festa del Duca (slide show)2009.
another very special festival :-)