A landscape is a major factor in giving a territory its own particular character. It tells us a great deal about the people who live there, about their attitude toward nature, their traditions, and the social and economic development in the area. Scenery is an integral part of the concept of beauty and harmony that we carry inside us. The great masters of the Renaissance included scenery in their masterpieces, influencing the way we look for our own inner peace when we observe a horizon. Natural surroundings show us something of the way in which society has developed; they are like the parchment on which the stories of human lives and all their customs, progress and culture, are written.
Great artists of the 15th and 16th centuries painted the very same hills, settlements, rivers, and rugged countryside that the inhabitants of Urbino and the Montefeltro region were able to gaze out over until the first decade of the 20th century. Many things began to change after this time, but Urbino has never left any space for degradation. The landscape has been protected, farming has been converted to organic, and the lifestyle is still one of great quality since wellness and looking after health are considered essential values. Food, history, art, and traditions are all in Urbino’s DNA.