Urbania Travel Guide

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Urbania Things to Do

  • Fun Family Activity: Festival of "La...

    The witch is friendly in Italy. In order to celebrate La Befana, you need to be in Urbania around Epiphany (early January).Befana is kind of like the U.S. Santa Claua, who climbs down the chimney and brings children small gifts if they have been well-behaved throughout the year. In Urbania there are big celebrations on 6th January; enormous...

  • See an opera in the beautiful Teatro

    Every June the Oberlin students perform an opera at the "Bramante" theatre in Urbania.I would recommend booking seats in one of the boxes in the upper levels for a great view.

  • What Else is Available in Urbania

    Because we were in Urbania only 1 night and 1 1/2 days, we could not see all that we wished to see. Below are other places that are well worth a visit:1. Temple Del Riscatto, a small, octagonal temple (Bramante) that was built around 1482 at the entrance of Porta Celle. It was ruined by the destruction of the bridge in 1944; the temple was...

  • Churches & a Museum in Urbania

    1. Church of the Dead. The facade has a portal in pink stone, 1380. The church leads to the Mummies Cemetery, 1831. Here a dozen "leathery mummified corpses hang like washing in a row of glass-fronted cabinets" (Marche Voyager). On display since 1813, they are preserved because of a rare type of mould.2. Church of San Francesco was founded in 1284...

  • Parco della Rimenbranza

    The first photograph of the stone fountain shows a momument set in 1889 in the middle of what was called "campo bovario".After World War I, "the fascist administration wanted to commemorate those who had died with a memorial monument planned in 1924 by the architect De Angelis and completed in 1926. The area was thus meant to be Parco della...

  • Another Marche Town, Another Palazzo...

    This is from the backside of the Palazzo Ducale (yes, another Ducale Palace and once again for Duke Federico and redesigned by Francesco di Giorgio Martini! It began as 13th-century castle, but was transformed for the Duke and became a lovely residence with a long, arcaded gallery that overlooked the Metauro Valley.Today, the Ducale Palazzo (13th...


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Urbania Restaurants

  • Bar Cafes in Ancient Center

    After perusing the markets and seeing the sights, it was time to go to one of the four bar/cafes located in the ancient center of Urbania. We were walking toward our parked car, and I saw the attractive bar/cafe that you see in the photograph.We stopped to have our breakfast. You pay first and then give your order to the people behind the counter.A...

  • Excellent Place to Eat in Urbania

    BE SURE TO SEE ALL THE HIDDEN PHOTOGRAPHS!Allan and I really enjoy our delicious meal at Ristorante - Pizzeria "La Loggia" in Urbania. It was recommended by the girl at the Tourist Bureau, and we were glad that she told us about it!Our total bill was 41 Euro and included the Bread and Breadsticks, Insalata Mista, Asparagi Parmigiena, Passatelli...

  • Eat out in Urbania

    I ate at the main restaurants in Urbania and the food was always good. The cafes do great panino's. The pizzas at La volpe are thin the way I prefer them. The pasta at El Pignatin is always tasty.For more details on restaurants though, see Jeaniek13's Urbania tips page:http://www.virtualtourist.com/jeaniek13/

  • Wine Bar

    You can taste wine in the comfort of your own hotel, restaurant or at this enoteca near the Duomo. It closes rather early, at 7:30 p.m., as you are to taste prior to going to dinner. Each taste is about 2 Euros. There is a lot of selection for this small town. If you take the bus to Urbino, there's even more selection! But you might not make the...

  • Every town has one of these!

    Bar Centrale is where everybody hangs out. There is a pool table in the back room... and I am not sure if two brothers run the joint. Anyway, in Italy a "bar" is a different concept. It sells mostly a bit of everything: coffee, sandwiches, snacks, alcoholic drinks, chocolate, etc. People don't usually loiter. I think it is open till 1am or so. The...

  • Nice outdoor patio to bask in the "sole"

    Caffe' Teatro is a coffeeshop located next to the performing arts center/theater, which is in full-bloom during the summer opera session. There is an outdoor patio in the back and it has a gelateria. It has great desserts, sandwiches and coffee. The staff is friendly, as is in most of Urbania. Caffe latte e un cornetto con ciocolatto (Nutella)....

  • You can eat 2 or 3 of these pizzas!

    It's the thinnest pizza I have ever had--and I think it's quite good. Their menu is like a book, pages and pages long. All in Italian, of course! Either the funghi or the primavera, because they are so fresh like everything in Italia! The price depends whether or not you have something to drink (vino or l'acqua) with it--because the pizza itself...

  • Great Pizza and Pasta

    La Loggia is where you feel like the Italians go out to eat... there and Il Buon Gustaio. Because it's not too expensive. It has a lot of pizza selection, there is a pizzeria in town, which has really really thin crust pizza, I LOVE IT!!! Anyway, I ate here at least 3 or 4 times while in Urbania, because it's just good grub, and very...

  • Friendly Owner

    Ristorante e Enoteca Big Ben serves up a variety of Italian food--primi e secondi e pizze. The owner is very accomodating and has lots of pasta, meat, and pizza on the menu. He also has a really legitimate NON-smoking section for the Americans in the back. Ha ha. Homemade Pasta


Urbania Nightlife

  • Watch a Movie

    When I studied in Urbania, I would frequent the local cinema house in Urbania. Back then (2003), it was open only once a week (Thursdays), so you may want to check the schedule beforehand. Also, Italians have a tendency to dub films (unless you are in a larger city where you can view the film in the original language). Cultural difference: I was...

  • Talk with the locals

    The Nascondiglio is a small pub where a regular group of locals meet. Behind the bar you will find either Pepe, Sara or Lisa. Go for a drink and some spuntini (snacks) and more than likely you will find someone to have conversation with.

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Urbania Transportation

  • Rent a Bike

    I have not done this - as these guys established their rental service after I studied in Urbania (what a shame!) -- but I think it's a cool idea. Check it out. I think in general it's a lot easier to find out about stuff in a small town (because everyone knows your biz) -- but they're friendly.Happy Bike di Londei Dario e FabioVia Leopardi, 28 -...

  • Use a bike to get around town.

    I stayed with a family when I stayed in Urbania and they kindly lent me a bicycle to get around on. If you aren't as lucky as me, then you could hire one from; Happy Bike di Londei Dario e FabioVia Leopardi, 2861040 URBANIA (PU)ItalyThe cheapest bikes seem to be 55 euro / week.

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Urbania Shopping

  • Grocery in the outskirts of downtown...

    After living here for some time a girl needs variety. I didn't have a car or a bike -- just my two legs. I came across this grocery store, which was not in the city center, during one of my walks around Urbania. You need to cross the bridge (away from the city center) -- and into the areas where you will see some housing development. On the way to...

  • Husband and Wife Grocery Team!

    I shopped here sometimes if I didn't feel like walking to CONAD or if I just wanted to pick up a few items. Like most other places in Urbania (and Italy), the service was really friendly. It's a husband and wife team that runs a small store -- but not a franchise like Franco's Punto SMA or the CONAD, I think this is a mom & pop shop. So people,...

  • Friendly Grocer - Franco

    Punto is smaller than CONAD, but it's owner Franco (at least he was when I was there) and his family provide friendly service to students. They also speak some English -- as they are used to the influx of students studying in Urbania. I would frequent this shop when I needed something or wanted something when I was at the school -- because it was...


Urbania Local Customs

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    by deecat Written Nov 6, 2006

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    The Saturday morning that we went from our hotel to visit Urbania and some of its sites was an overcast, slightly rainy day; however, that did not dampen the spirits or the attentance at the truffle/ceramic/market festival. It was very difficult to find a place to park. We parked in a residential neighborhood and walked to the ancient center.

    Walking was difficult because there were "stalls" with market goods on every spot in town (I am not exaggerating!)

    By accident, Allan and I walked into the Ducal Palace courtyard where lots of acitivity was being carried out. I was snapping away at the tables of mushrooms and truffles and some ceramics when an older lady started smiling and talking at the same time. I could not understand what she was saying. I assumed (incorrectly) that I was not to take photographs. After many minutes and lots of hand gestures, we figured out that the demonstration in this area was being set up for the afternoon and only workers were allowed in the area.

    I'm so glad I was able to take the photos while the masses were not there to obstruct the view!

    The photographs of the market show how gray the day was, but how busy the place remained.
    The flowers photgraph was one of the items for sale. There were also all sorts of clothing, jewelry, household goods, foods, shoes, and miscellaneous items.

    The only thing that we purchased was two pairs of socks with skid preventive bottoms for Sabrina Dee.

    It was a fun morning spent with the locals at the Festival.

    Flowers at the Festival Truffle and Ceramic Festival in Urbania Special Market Day All Over Urbania
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Urbania Tourist Traps

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    by stefano99 Written Mar 11, 2004

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    This church is the home to several mummified bodies, which are on display to the public for a modest 2 euro donation.

    I felt that I should not really have gone to see them, as it is time that these remains were buried rather than displayed for tourists to view. So my advice is don't bother.

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Urbania Off The Beaten Path

  • Dance with the locals

    Also at Acqualagna is a disco called "La Capanna", which is open all year round. During the Summer months the music and the dancing is all under the stars in the courtyard, which is rigged up with lights and speakers and a Dj.

  • Go for a swim at Frescina

    Frescina is an agriturismo close to Urbania, but you'll need a car to get there. It has two outdoor pools, which are styled like natural lakes and have waterfalls cascading into them. The area is surrounded by tree coved hills.Best to visit on a hot summers day, go mid-week and you'll have the place to yourself.Frescina is located between...

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  • Wander, Enjoy, Learn

    Some of the finest moments we experienced in Urbania were the result of wandering. We've learned over the years, that interesting architecture, people, and food can be found by "accident".Urbania has a spiritual quality to it; even though it is spread out (except for the ancient center), it has that warm, "small-town" feel. It is a small town with...

  • Learn Italian in Urbania

    The biggest school for Italian in Urbania is the Centro Studi Italiani. There are 8 levels of course given at the school and the level most suitable is determined by the test given on the first day.There are grammatical, conversation and culture classes given for all levels.See it's web site: http://www.centrostuditaliani.org/

  • Try the gelati at Bar Centrale

    The gelati at Bar Centrale is truly excellent and is a must try. And once you've tried it, you'll be having it every day.


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