Anyone looking for a scenic holiday destination in the east of Italy need look no further than Urbino. Located in the region of Marche, this beautiful part of the country offers many fantastic views and experiences. Here visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, villas, apartments and B&Bs.
Holidaymakers in Urbino will be able to enjoy some very scenic trails that are best explored by hiking, cycling and horse riding. The Mediterranean coast is only 50 minutes away and has some delightful sandy beaches for holidaymakers to relax and sunbathe on. Numerous watersports are available off the coast including swimming, diving, wind surfing and sailing. The sea and other waterways in this region all offer good fishing, which is another popular pastime here. Holidaymakers will find a few tennis courts nearby and there is a nice golf course located at the Conero Golf Club in Sirolo. Urbino and the surrounding towns have some excellent restaurants, bars and cafes serving good Italian food. Self catering holidaymakers will be able to purchase food and beverages as well as other provisions at a few shops in the area.
The walled city of Urbino has many historic sites for visitors to explore. Arguably the main attraction here is the Palazzo Ducale, which dates back to the 16th century and houses a great collection of Renaissance paintings at the Galleria Nazionale delle Marche. Also located in this great place are Raphael’s House and Monument, Palazzo Albani, Palazzo Odasi and Palazzo Passionei. The Albornoz Fortres in Urbino dates back to the 14th century and is now a public park. There are many fantastic churches here too, many of which date back to medieval times. Nature lovers will also enjoy the botanical gardens in Urbino. Just 50 minutes drive away is the town of Pesaro, which has many fantastic sights including the Ducal Palace and the Romanesque Cathedral Basilica. Ancona is an hour and a half away and has more interesting buildings including a cathedral and numerous churches.
The hottest time of year in this region of Italy is July and August when the average high temperature is 27 degrees centigrade. The coolest time of the year is generally January when the average low is just 3 degrees centigrade. As well as being the warmest month, July is also the driest with an average of just 27mm rainfall. October is the generally the wettest month with an average of 100mm.
Federico Fellini Airport (RMI) is located just outside Rimini and is approximately an hour’s drive from Urbino. Flights arrive here from a few European airports including Amsterdam (AMS), Berlin-Tegel (TXL), Liverpool (LPL), London-Stansted (STN), Moscow-Domodedovo (DME) and Stockholm Skavsta (NYO) amongst others. Alamo, Avis, Budget Dollar, Eurocar, Hertz, National Sixt and Thrifty are car rental firms represented at the airport.