Gubbio

Located on the lower slopes of mount Ingino, Gubbio is one of the most beautiful and best preserved medieval towns in  Central Italy.

HALF DAY TOUR
The Piazza and the Consoli Palace*: resting on a hanging square built in the 13th century, the Consuls’ Palace  is a highly impressive Gothic-style public building. Now turned into a museum, it displays the famed “Tavole Eugubine”, seven bronze-engraved panels which are the longest surviving document recording the early Umbrian civilization. On the first floor  hosts a painting gallery and a group of ceramics by Renaissance potter Mastro Giorgio. Splendid view on the mountains from the loggia

Church of St. Francis: it was built on the spot where St. Francis wore his penitential habit received from a friend. It displays 15th-century frescoes by local artist Ottaviano Nelli

Cathedral: easy to reach via a modern elevator, the church is an austere Gothic building offering a  distinctive medieval atmosphere

Saint Martin’s District : it is a typical neighborhood located along the Camignano river, where one is immersed in the most intimate and ancient aspect of Gubbio

SUGGESTIONS FOR A FULL-DAY TOUR IN GUBBIO

Church of St. Agostino: the impressive cultural heritage of Gubbio is witnessed by the paintings in this church, depicting the life of St. Agustin  by Ottaviano Nelli and his pupils

St. Ubaldo Basilica: situated at the very top on Mount Ingino, it can be reached by cable car or by coach. Overlooking the whole valley and providing a superb view, the church contains  the three Ceri (“candles”, or heavy wooden pillars) involved in the  Ceri Festival that occurs each May 15. Also the incorrupt body of St. Ubaldo is exhibited there
 
DURING YOUR FREE TIME

Celebrated ceramics of the “lustro” type, boasting a peculiar glossiness, are available in many shops around the town
Do not miss a taste of “crescia” the special round flat brad stuffed with some of the best cured meat and cheese or a pasta with the delicious white truffle

SPECIAL DAYS IN GUBBIO

In May  the above-mentioned Corsa dei Ceri is an attraction to  many locals and tourists. Three large and very heavy wooden “candles”, each representing a saint, are carried at considerable speed  through the narrow alleyways of Gubbio and up the steep hill . Hence the nickname of  “Looney people of Gubbio”! If you cannot be there for this main event  do not forget that it is repeated the first Sunday afterwards and in June by  young boys with “candles” weighing accordind to the  young age of these “candle holders”

*admission fee

 

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