is a typical charming township of the Marches, 16 km. from Urbino,
situated between the Adriatic sea and Tuscany. The town, known during
the Middle Ages and the Renaissance as Casteldurante, was a splendid
centre of art and culture. Donato Bramante, and other important
artists and ceramic masters of the XVI and XVII centuries, were
born here. Due to its beauty and salubrity it became the country
residence of the Dukes of Urbino ("The Castle of Delights").
It has two ducal residences: the Ducal Palace, where Francesco Maria
II della Rovere (+ 1631), the last Duke of Urbino, held his court;
and the Ducal Park - hunting residence of the Dukes of Urbino. Urbania
also has a rich and glorious musical heritage. Girolamo Crescentini
(1762-1864) was born here and the town has an important theatre,
The Bramante Theatre, built in 1860. The first opera to be performed
here was Verdi's "Il Trovatore". There is also a modern
auditorium which seats 500 people. There are two important museums:
the Municipal Museum-Picture Gallery (which houses, amongst other
things, 700 Renaissance drawings, 1,000 Flemish prints and the famous
Mercatore world maps) and the Diocesan Museum, an important library
(35,000 volumes, many of which ancient and very rare), the Cathedral
(the ancient Benedictine abbey of St.Christopher at the bridge)
and numerous churches and palaces of the Renaissance. The historical
centre still has the fascination of the golden era of its past history,
(XIV-XVII centuries), ceramic art shops and a municipal school -
all which keep the renowned tradition of the town alive.
example of traditional ceramics
from Urbania (Casteldurante).
Urbania is not entombed in its glorious past. Today it is
one of the most important centres for the production of
jeans, frequented by the best Italian stylists.
modern and ancient town, therefore, very warm and hospitable
and made to measure for all tastes.
Centre of Italian Studies is situated
in Urbania, where the first courses for international opera
singers took place (1987) and where the first edition of the
festival was held (June 2000). Due to the great success in
2000, during the 2001 edition of the festival, some of the
and instrumentalists will be
housed in nearby towns. Therefore certain activities will take
place not only in Urbania but also in Sant'Angelo in Vado (11
km. from Urbania) and at Piobbico (13 km. from Urbania).
Concerts and other performances will take place in Urbania,
Sant'Angelo, Piobbico, Fossombrone, and in other venues.
of the Duchy of Urbino.