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In Urbino, you can take a journey that combines art
and spirituality, harmonious backdrops and hidden
treasures. The route sets out from the Cathedral – the
Duomo – built as early as 1063 and reconstructed in
the 15th century before taking on its definitive neoclassical style at the end of the 18th century, then passes
by various churches and oratories before reaching the
superb, idiosyncratic synagogue.
Exiting the ancient walls, you eventually reach the
Mausoleo dei Duchi (Mausoleum of the Dukes), ordered by Federico da Montefeltro, where the trademark
design and dimensions of Francesco di Giorgio Martini
are easy to recognise.
Each of these buildings has a fascinating history of
its own on this pathway that extends from the Middle
Ages to the contemporary world, spanning between the
Catholic West, the Orthodox East and Jewish culture.
Urbino is a city marked by the peaceful coexistence
of different peoples, which has resulted in a beauty
that remains its most distinctive trait. The beauty of its
artworks
and architecture represents the common thread that
binds everything together. From the various masterpieces by Federico Barocci to the spectacular frescoes
by the Salimbeni brothers decorating the Oratory of St
John the Baptist, and from the large stucco Nativity
scene by Federico Brandani in the Oratory of St Joseph
to the richness of the Museo Diocesano and the priceless artefacts on display in the synagogue: each visitor
will see something different, since Urbino offers us all
a completely personal inner journey