Gubbio Travel Guide

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Gubbio Things to Do

  • San Martino / Domenico

    This is another church that I had passed many times without venturing inside, but on my third visit to Gubbio, in September 2014, I did so. Dating from the 13th century, this is one of four churches that has given its name to one of the quarters of Gubbio (the others being Sant’ Andrea, San Pietro and San Giuliano). At one time dedicated to St...

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  • Museo Civico in the Palazzo dei Consoli

    On my latest visit to Gubbiio, in September 2014, I took Chris to see the exhibits in the Museo Civico in the Palazzo dei Consoli, having enjoyed them so much on my previous visit. This also provides a great opportunity to see inside this magnificent building, and to enjoy the views from its loggia. Whereas on my previous visit signs prohibiting...

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  • Piazza 40 Martiri

    However you arrive in Gubbio, by bus or car, it is likely that you will do so here, there most accessible spot on the fringes of the old town. This is Gubbio’s market place (every Tuesday morning – see my warning about parking here then) and a busy spot at any time, with people always coming and going across its small park or meeting up in one of...

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Gubbio Restaurants

  • Great coffee and ice cream!

    This small bar on the north side of the Piazza Quaranta Martiri Is a friendly place for a light lunch, drink or simply a coffee. I have now been here on several occasions and always been pleased with what I was served. In 2013 I had lunch here with Ingrid - a tasty crescia with orange juice and a great gelato to follow. The coffee is among the best...

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  • A lunch with a view

    On the day after the Palio we finally had time to explore Gubbio properly. Ingrid made an excellent guide and Marit and I had a wonderful time and learnt such a lot about the city. But sightseeing is tiring and we were glad to visit Ingrid’s favourite café with her for a leisurely light lunch. The café is situated in a pretty garden near the...

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  • Open on a Monday

    We had a few ideas about where we might eat (Ingrid, Chris and myself) on what was to be the last evening in Gubbio for me and Chris, but it was a Monday and both the old favourite and possible new spot that we’d pinpointed were closed. So Ingrid, who had now joined us in Gubbio, suggested this place, close to our accommodation in the Via Piccardi,...

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Gubbio Nightlife

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    Martintempo Bar: Cosy yet cool, local yet trendy

    by toonsarah Written Sep 21, 2014

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    I must have passed this bar in the past and barely registered that it was there, despite the small terrace outside. But when I read some enthusiastic reviews I decided that we should try it as it sounded like the sort of place Chris and I both really enjoy. And so it proved to be. The old building oozes atmosphere and charm, and has been sympathetically decorated in a style that manages to be both cool and quirky and cosy. At the back, small window seats carved into the old stones give a view over the roof tops below, and squishy leather sofas invite you to linger.

    It’s a particularly good spot for pre-dinner drinks because the selection of accompanying nibbles is so tempting. Not just crisps (here served in a paper bag!), nuts and olives, but also tasty prosciutto, good bread other delights, which I think must vary from evening to evening. They mix a great Aperol spritz too (my drink of choice these days in Italy) and have a good selection of draft beers as well as, of course, all the usual drinks you would expect to find. We came here twice on our recent trip and I will do so again when in Gubbio for sure.

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    In the bar Aperol and crisps Exterior
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Gubbio Transportation

  • Funicular to Monte Ingino

    While the lifts between the different levels of the town are mundane and functional, the means by which you ascend to the highest point in Gubbio, Monte Ingino, where lies the Basilica of Sant’ Ubaldo, is very different. Of course, you could walk, following the steep path taken by the ceraioli when they carry the heavy ceri and their saints on...

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  • To Gubbio by train

    The nearest station to Gubbio is at Fossato di Vico, about 20 kilometres away. I was fortunate – Ingrid had offered to pick me up at the station so there was no need to worry about taxis. But first, I had to get there. There are plenty of trains from Rome that serve this line, en route to Ancona, but not all stop in Fossato, so you need to check...

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  • Bus from Fossato di Vico

    Whereas on previous visits I had been fortunate enough to have my friend Ingrid (VT’s Trekki) meet me from the airport or station, on this occasion I was travelling with Chris and arriving in Gubbio some time before Ingrid’s slightly overlapping visit. We travelled by train, as I had done on my first visit, but had to rely on the local infrequent...

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Gubbio Shopping

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  • Fresh pasta – to die for

    Again I was grateful to have had the mini-apartment at Residenza di Via Piccardi and to be able to cook in the kitchen. Pasta Fresca Il Matterello was another magnificent discovery. They make fresh pasta with passion, and yes, the passion tastes through their pasta. They are specialised in the typical pasta of the region, such as fazzoletti ripieni...

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  • Fave dei Morti, typical pastry in...

    When I came back to Gubbio in autumn 2009, I was lucky to be able to try one of the typical seasons’ specialities. My Italian teacher Edvige told me about the fave dei morti (translates into beans of the dead) and that they are a typical pastry for All Souls Day (Nov 2). The little shop with the best fave dei morti is called Le Betulle and is...

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  • Cecilia’s delicatessen shop, oh heaven!

    This is a magnificent shop. Here I can stock up with delicious Umbrian specialities for the “dull” days to come, back in Germany. Cecilia’s La Buca del Tartufo shop is specialised in local delicatessen and oh my god, it is so worth to go here for shopping! It is a family owned business, father Fausto and dog go out for truffle hunting in the...

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Gubbio Local Customs

  • Italian cooking on TV

    Italians love to cook and to eat; to see an Italian enjoy a meal is to do some way to understanding the character and soul of the country. In Gubbio, as in many small Italian towns, you won’t see fast food franchises everywhere; they have fast food, but it is their own “real food” version, such as the crescia I describe above.One example of this...

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  • Crescia

    Most of my local customs tips are about Gubbio’s festivals and traditions, but also important in giving local colour to the town is its food. I had some excellent meals here which I describe in my restaurant tips, but here I want to write about the typical local snack crescia. You see these for sale all over the town, and they make a great...

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  • Truffles galore

    There is one scent and flavour that will forever bring Gubbio to my mind – that of truffles. They are the premier local delicacy, although not to everyone’s taste I know. You will see them on every menu, from the most humble cresceria serving flatbreads with a truffle cheese filling, to the very best restaurants. You can have them on pizza, on...

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Gubbio Warnings and Dangers

  • Watch where you park – especially on...

    Even if you were allowed to (and man are closed to non-residents) you will not want to drive on Gubbio’s narrow streets, and you certainly can’t think of parking on them. But there are a couple of good places to park – a large free car-park near the Roman Theatre, and even more convenient reasonably priced parking around the Piazza 40 Martiri (pay...

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  • Palio della Balestra: what if the...

    Gubbio is a hill town, situated at the foot of the Apennines. And where there are mountains there is always a certain unreliability in the weather. On my first visit, to see the Palio della Balestra in 2012, the day of the event was warm and sunny; on my second, a year later, it was anything but. The day before the Palio, a Saturday, it rained...

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  • Park outside the town centre, or be...

    Among the old Umbrian (or maybe even generally Italian) cities, Gubbio sticks out with a very much narrow and steep old centre. Parking spaces are very rare and must be left for the locals. We visitors should, in case we come by car, leave our cars outside of the centre or, in case we have booked a hotel with parking space, use this. Although as...

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Gubbio Tourist Traps

  • Don’t get trapped in the narrow streets!

    If you are like me and used to drive in rather wide streets, be aware that Gubbio like the majority of Italian hill towns might scare you to death when you arrive by car. When I arrived in April 2008 and realised that I should drive through this little street in my main photo to get to my hotel’s parking spaces, I preferred to let the car stay on...

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  • Tuesday is market day!!

    Haha, no, of course a market day itself is not a tourist trap, quite the contrary – Italian markets are very charming! Unless you visit Gubbio by car and park the car at the most convenient parking place at the main entrance to the city at Piazza 40 Martiri and intend to stay in the city at least during a Monday night. Then it will become a trap if...

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Gubbio What to Pack

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    Good and comfortable shoeas are a MUST!

    by Trekki Updated Aug 13, 2013

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    Luggage and bags: If you want to visit Gubbio and stay overnight you need to park “outside” or walk from train/bus stations to your accommodation. I highly recommend you bring luggage on wheels or backpacks, they are easier to carry on the often cobblestoned roads in the town centre.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring shoes comfortable for walking. Gubbio’s streets are steep and often they have cobblestones. Your feet will be grateful in the evening. Bring warm clothes, even in summer. The temperature might get colder than at the coast. Umbrella or raincoat might be a good idea, depending on the season. If you want to visit churches, bring something to cover arms and legs, you will not be let in with inappropriate clothes. And generally, bring some nice clothes. This is Italy....

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Gubbio has enough pharmacies where you can get medical supply. The pharmacists are excellent in giving advice and speak good English (my experience in October 2009 when I needed a patch to heat my aching back). Bring translation for prescriptions. You might like to bring first aid kits with band-aid, as you might have blisters from walking (in case you forgot – you’ll find them in the pharmacies). Foot cream is a good idea, too. My feet were happy in the evening with this :-)

    Photo Equipment: The most magic impressions in Gubbio are the churches and other buildings. Many of them have ornaments, sculptures and other details where you would need a good tele lens. In case you come for one of the festivals, the tele-lens is even more important, because you might not get a viewpoint in front of the events. Bring plenty, plenty of memory cards!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: There is no beach anywhere near Gubbio, but depending on the places you stay, you might have access to a pool. There is a public open air pool near Teatro Romano. If you plan to hike, bring all your equipment, as it is most unlikely to find places where you can rent tents and the other stuff. Hiking poles are recommended, the hills are steep in places.

    Miscellaneous: Binoculars are a good idea, to view building details. An Italian dictionary is always of help. And if you have a light sleep, bring ear plugs, in case you stay near the town centre. Remember that Gubbio’s bells ring every 15 minutes, day and night.

    © Ingrid D., February 2009 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.)

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Gubbio Off The Beaten Path

  • La Ripa

    On my latest visit to Gubbio, while exploring with Chris, I spotted a sign in the Piazza del Bargello pointing the way to La Ripa and promising a good view. We took the small road uphill and found ourselves on the Via Cattedrale. I had walked this road before, but only the stretch from the cathedral to this point, not the more northerly section, so...

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  • Road trip through the hidden valleys :)

    The landscape around Gubbio is marvellous. I often think that it has something of a hidden valley north of Umbria’s centre. For those who come to Gubbio by car, I can highly recommend two tours through this marvellous part of the of Appenine mountains. Especially the tour via Pietralunga is one I like most. The road winds up through thick forest...

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  • Abbazia San Verecondo and SanFrancesco

    Abbazia San Verecondo or Vallingegno is a magnificent old abbey south of Gubbio. It also has a connection to San Francesco, he was here after he fled from Assisi and worked as a kitchen worker for the Benedictine monks who lived here for quite a time.I wanted to visit it during my second stay in Gubbio (Oct/Nov 2009) but somehow didn’t manage to do...

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Gubbio Sports & Outdoors

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    Endless hiking, hang-gliding and caves

    by Trekki Updated Aug 13, 2013

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    Gubbio has a prime location at the western slopes of Appennine Mountains (Appennine centrale to be precise). This makes the surrounding region a prime hiking location. The hike up to Basilica Sant’Ubaldo is only one of the possibilities. Once up there one can hike further uphill to the Roca on top of Monte Ingino and from there in a circle southward along the tiny Madonna del Sasso church. Finishing point is Gubbio’s cemetery in the south. Or there is Bottaccione Gorge, which also has a high relevance in earth history. Walter Alvarez and his father found a very high concentration of Iridium here and have added this to their theory of Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction event. The layer is visible during a hike in this valley. Then there is Monte Foce, the other mountain top north of Gubbio (the one with the “bold” top. On the way up there is Eremo di Sant’Ambrogio which can be visited. Further up the road of Bottaccione Gorge is Scheggia and from there, the endless Monte Cucco stretches out from northwest to southeast. This region has short hikes and longer ones according to a little booklet I picked up at the truffles fair and offers majestic landscapes and wildlife.

    In addition to hiking, the region northeast of Gubbio has a vast cave system, though many are accessible only with guided tours by speleologists. Their centre is in Costacciaro at the road SR3 (southeast of Scheggia).

    Hang-gliding, horse riding, canyoning, cross-country skiing in winter – you name it. I find it only sad that this nature and outdoor paradise is not really promoted more in Gubbio (in the city I mean, the website does promote it). They could attract much more visitors. But… you never know, maybe one day they do.

    Oh, one other very important note about hiking. The whole world seems to be crazy about Camino de Santiago. I have no idea who is behind this clever marketing strategy, but for the ones who have this on their list of things to do before they die no other pilgrimage seems to exist. Let me tell you that these do exist. In Umbria, especially between Gubbio and Assisi there is the 50 km long part of Sentiero Francescano or San Francesco della Pace, in the footsteps of San Francesco (St. Francis). It leads along Abbazia Vallingegno. Good to know that Gubbio has a CAI section (Italy Alpine Club). They will get a new member in the future :-) In addition there is this incredible nature of Alto Chiascio (see link in this tip’s website section). An excellent map of Gubbio’s mountains is available at Libreria Pienini, issued by CAI, Gubbio section. It has a scale of 1:25.000, costs 6 Euro and has all 24 hiking trails, which have already been set up with red-white markers.

    On the website EveryTrail.com, which is connected to Google Earth, user Die972 has marked a trail called Colli di Gubbio , hills of Gubbio. The website is set up as a map (with contour lines and video-like trail statistics, distance and altimeter chart).

    Equipment: © Ingrid D., November 2009 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.), update July 2010.

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    Eremo Sant Ambrogio (north of Gubbio) Eremo Sant Ambrogio (north of Gubbio) Monte Foce and Eremo Sant Ambrogio Hiking in Monte Cucco Hiking in Gola near Scheggia
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  • Gubbio will change you, but never vice...

    Among the many villages and towns in Umbria and Marche I have visited so far, Gubbio is the most charming and the most harmonious. But then I am biased because I like this town so much that I know that from a point in time I will spend the rest of my life here.Authentic - would this be an appropriate way to describe this? I think yes. I think that...

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  • Gubbio and St Francis

    Everyone of course associates St Francis with Assisi, which lies to the south of Gubbio, but fewer people are aware of his strong connections to this town. Mention “St Francis and the wolf” however, and most will be familiar with the story. Well, this is where it all happened (or is said to have happened, depending on your perspective). The story...

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  • The four quarters of Gubbio

    As well as the flags for the three saints of the Ceri festooned through the town, I learnt (eventually) to recognise those of the four quarters of the town – Sant’ Andrea (which lies to the east), San Pietro (south), San Martino (west) and San Giuliano (north). These show respectively:three white plumes for Sant’ Andreaa crown for San Martinoa...

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