Gubbio Masterpiece of Medieval architecture
79 km from Camping Fano
Laying on the slopes of Monte Ingino at 500 meters above sea level, Gubbio is one of the greatest masterwork of the 2nd-3rd century civilization. In this city, which hosts many Franciscan evidences, Saint Francis tamed the wolf.
This city has ancient origins has witnessed by the famous "Eugubine Tables" hosted in the Palazzo dei Consoli. Allied with Rome, in 295 AD it was declared a municipality. Then the Goths conquered it and destroyed it completely to be rebuilt by the Byzantines under the Justinian empire. Following the Longobardi’s domination, Pepin the Short and Charlemagne handed it over to the Church but in the XI century the city declared itself a Ghibellin Free Commune and lived in peace for at least two centuries. Towards the end of 1200 Guelfs and Ghibellins fought again for power. In 1354 Cardinal Albornoz handed it over again to the Church.
Arts and Culture
Gubbio is with its guilds of arts and crafts one of the greatest masterwork of the 2nd-3rd century civilization. Towers, austere facades of houses blackened by centuries, Gothic churches and palaces represent the power once held by this medieval city-state. The urban layout consisting of the Palazzo dei Consoli by Francesco di Giorgio Martini, the Piazza Pensile and the Palazzo Pretorio dates back to the beginning of the XIV century. Under the Montefeltro family domination in 1422 Frederick the Great was born here, who turned to be a brave commander and a highly educated patron who contributed to the city blossoming. The Gothic Cathedral and Santa Maria Nuova, hosting the "Madonna del Belvedere" are very interesting. The Roman Theatre, right outside the city walls, is a jewel of Classical art. Gubbio, a city of arts and great artists features also many Franciscan evidences, and it was here that Saint Francis experienced the vesting and tamed the wolf.
In May the festival of Saint Ubaldo, known as the Candle Race, and the historical revival of Palio della Balestra open the season. The most interesting events, the opening of the theatre season at the Roman Theatre and the Gubbio Summer Festival are concentrated in August. For nature lovers the city offers also plenty of green spots such as around the Roman Theatre, Parco Ranghiasci and the Parco Coppo on Mount Ingino which can be reached by aerial railway.
The local gastronomy is authentic and simple with a prevalence of typical local products. Barbecue roastbeef, tagliatelle, crescia di Pasqua with cheese, crescia al panaro with friccò, lamb, duck, chicken and rabbit are just a few of the most popular recipes. White and black truffle, of which Gubbio’s area is quite rich, are of course privileged above all and come together with great wines and mineral waters with therapeutic properties from the Apennin mountains.