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Le Marche encompasses everything one would want from Italy. Incredible countryside from the Sibillini mountains to the glorious coastline, classic landscapes, castellated hilltops towns, culture, art, music, indoor, outdoor and watersports, wonderful wildlife, fun, delicious food and wines, quality fashions and footwear, museums, churches, culture, history – so much to do and see. Experience life to its fullest – experience Le Marche!
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Urbino in Le Marche among the Italy’s Lesser Known UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Urbino in Le Marche among the Italy’s Lesser Known UNESCO World Heritage Sites | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Each year, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee convenes to discuss which cultural and natural sites around the world merit recognition for their “outstanding value to humanity,” a status that affords them greater protections. Italy boasts a whopping 51 World Heritage sites—more than any other country in the world.
Italy’s most celebrated UNESCO sites—Rome, Florence, Venice, and the Amalfi Coast—need no introduction. But Italy’s charm lies beyond these obvious places, which are saturated by visitors year-round. [...]

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The National Geographic mentions Urbino in Le Marche among the Italy’s Lesser Known UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

For most, the term "Renaissance" engenders thoughts of Florence, Tuscany, and Umbria, but evidence of the cultural movement can be found throughout Italy. The small hilltop town of Urbino - nestled in the Marche between the Apennine Mountains and Adriatic Sea—was one of the most significant cultural centers of the Renaissance in the 15th century.

The patron behind Urbino’s flourishing arts and culture scene was Federico da Montefeltro, a brilliant military leader, intellect, and lover of the arts. Montefeltro commissioned the magnificent Palazzo Ducale, one of the most beautiful examples of Renaissance palaces in Italy. The palace has since been converted into the National Gallery of the Marche and houses the works of Renaissance artists.

Palazzo Ducale is the main attraction in town, but a visit is not complete without seeing the birthplace of one of the most celebrated painters and architects of the High Renaissance, Raphael. The home’s interior is bare but quaint.

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Urbino among the Unesco sites in the center of Italy

Urbino among the Unesco sites in the center of Italy | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

The majority of the UNESCO Heritage sites in the centre of Italy can be found in the regions of Tuscany and Lazio. It is especially to the preservation of the historic and artistic relevance of cities and town in the area that UNESCO aimed at when choosing such locations for their list.   

  • Historic Centre of Florence
  • Historic Centre of San Gimignano
  • Historic Centre of Siena
  • Historic Centre of UrbinoAlthough Urbino, situated in the region of Marche, is a relatively small town on top of a hill, it used to be an important cultural and artistic centre in the 15th century. It is considered a great witness of Renaissance culture and it has preserved its Renaissance architecture and art in harmony with the local landscape.
  • Historic Centre of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See in that City enjoying extraterritorial rights and San Paolo fuori le mura
  • Assisi, the Basilica of San Francesco and other sites
  • Etruscan Necropolises of Cerveteri and Tarquinia
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Urbino and Le Marche Region

Urbino is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1998 and it's an unbelievable destination to visit and walk the cobble stone streets from past centuries. Did yo...
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Historic Centre of Urbino (UNESCO/NHK)

The small hill town of Urbino, in the Marche, experienced a great cultural flowering in the 15th century, attracting artists and scholars from all over Italy and beyond, and influencing cultural developments elsewhere in Europe. Owing to its economic and cultural stagnation from the 16th century onwards, it has preserved its Renaissance appearance to a remarkable extent.

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Urbino: A secret Italian hilltop town

Urbino: A secret Italian hilltop town | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
Urbino is up a very steep hill, lined with ancient stone houses and tall towers. Wonderful buildings surround the piazza, no loud ads to be seen.

Central Italy has three provinces: Tuscany and Umbria are well-known, Le Marche less so. Each has a hilltop town listed among UNESCO’s World Heritage sites. Tuscany has San Gimignano, Umbria has Assisi, and Le Marche has Urbino. Its remarkable legacy of independent Renaissance culture is the reason for inclusion on the list.

San Gimignano and Assisi are indisputably beautiful. They’re also busy. Especially on lovely summer days.

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