A weekend in Gubbio: back in time to the Middle Ages
What to see during your weekend in Gubbio? Here are the things we believe you shouldn’t miss out on.
Going to Gubbio is like taking a real step back in time. The city, which presents itself at various heights on the ridge of Mount Ingino, is crossed by roads that intersect each other branching off into numerous alleys and alleys that offer breathtaking views and views. All in respect of that harmonious relationship between nature and human settlements, from the typical medieval architecture too, typical of the cities that will make your holidays in Umbria unforgettable.
In addition to this, the city is rich in medieval churches, spirituality and folklore, as evidenced by the numerous medieval re-enactments held there. It is no coincidence that it was also the scene of one of the most singular episodes of the life of St. Francis: the encounter with the wolf.
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For your weekend in Gubbio, we recommend that you visit the city starting from its suggestive center: Piazza Grande. The square built in 1321 is at a higher level than the rest of the historic center and in fact it is in effect a huge panoramic terrace overlooking the city and the surrounding countryside. There are few Italian squares that enjoy a similar opening.
The Palazzo Pretorio overlooks the square, recognizable thanks to its unfinished facade and now the Town Hall, and the Palazzo dei Consoli. The latter dates back to the first half of the 14th century and is easily distinguishable thanks to its tower and its crenellated roof. Inside is the Arengo, a magnificent room with barrel vaults.
Today it is home to the Civic Museum which, in addition to other treasures, preserves the famous Eugubine tables. These play an important role in the history of Umbria and represent the most important find linked to the religious rites of all classical antiquity. These are seven bronze plates of the II-III century BC containing writings in Umbrian language probably found near the Roman Theater of Gubbio which is located just outside the city walls.
Basilica of S. Ubaldo
Sant’Ubaldo is the patron saint of the city of Gubbio who therefore has a basilica in his honor. Too bad, or fortunately, for you that the basilica is on top of Mount Ingino. To see it you will have two options: follow the steep hairpin bends that go up the mountain to the basilica (872 m of altitude), or you can take the cable car from Porta Romana. We recommend taking the cable car because it is a truly unique experience that will contribute to enriching your memory of your weekend in Gubbio. In both cases it is worthwhile to face the challenge.
The show that you can enjoy from up there is twofold: looking towards the valley you can admire Gubbio in its entirety, raising your eyes towards the summit, instead, you can enjoy the view of a luxuriant pinewood that in winter hosts the lights of the biggest Christmas tree of the world. In Sant’Ubaldo is also dedicated one of the most popular city demonstrations by the residents, the Festa dei Ceri.
Duomo and Palazzo Ducale
Like any self-respecting city, Gubbio also has its cathedral. This is dedicated to the Saints Giacomo and Mariano and is a structure with square lines and imposing spaces (XII-XIII century). Near the cathedral you can also find the seat of the Diocesan Museum and in front of it stands the Palazzo Ducale also called Corte Nuova. This dates back to 1470 when the then Duke of Urbino Federico Montefeltro decided to establish his summer residence there since Gubbio was part of the duchy. Today it is a museum with splendid halls, underground rooms and an archaeological area.
Via de Consoli and Palazzo del Bargello
Before taking this route, we suggest you to walk through Parco Ranghiasci and maybe rest a little. Near the park you can find the Camignano stream that bisects the city and the Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo. You can easily recognize it because it has a large stone at the entrance where the statue of Christ is placed during the Good Friday procession.
Once you have arrived at the Church of San Domenico, you can decide to return to Piazza Grande along Via dei Consoli, surely among the most beautiful streets of Gubbio. It is dotted with Gothic buildings between which stands the Palazzo del Bargello located in the small square with the Fonte di S. Giuliano in the center. This is famous because of the town’s custom that wants the tourist who makes three laps around the “Fontana dei Matti” to deserve the “mad license”, a real honorary title for this city. Why don’t you try it too?
Convent of San Francesco
Along the southern side Piazza Quaranta
Martyrs, from which you can admire a beautiful view of Gubbio, silhouetted on the side of the mountain, is the Convent of San Francesco. Inside it is preserved a precious collection of sacred art, bearing witness to the strong bond between the city and the saint of Assisi. St. Francis, having escaped from his father’s house, took refuge in Gubbio with the Spadalonga family. According to tradition it is here that the episode of the domestication of the wolf by the saint that Gubbio celebrates with the “Feast of meekness” took place. On the square you can also find the Loggia dei Tiratori, the largest and best preserved in Italy.
A weekend in Gubbio: where to sleep
Between a monument and another, probably your weekend in Gubbio has come to an end. Before leaving, or maybe while you are out and about in the city, we advise you to stop and eat some typical products. We suggest you try the surrogate surrogate of bread cooked on the text, or cake with the text, and stuffed with ham, sausage or pecorino.
To fully enjoy the city we recommend staying at our agriturismo, Le Dolci Colline, where you can find wonderful Gubbio apartments just a short walk from the city.
But don’t be in a hurry to leave! Near Gubbio, in fact, there are other towns that deserve to be visited. Among these is Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis! Find out where to find an Assisi holiday home in this article.