What to see in Urbania, itinerary including the main monuments and places of interest, including the Cathedral of San Cristoforo, the Duomo, the Doge's Palace, the Mummies Cemetery and the Befana House.
Town located in the province of Pesaro and Urbino, Urbania until the thirteenth century had the name of Castel delle Ripe, then replaced with Casteldurante until 1636 when it took its current name in honor of Pope Urban VIII.
The village, protected by a wall surrounded on three sides by the Metauro river, is characterized by medieval streets with ancient arcades and preserves buildings of particular historical and artistic interest.
To visit the Cathedral dedicated to San Cristoforo martire and built on the foundations of the ancient abbey of San Cristoforo del Ponte, the Palazzo Ducale, which overlooks the Metauro and contains inside the Library, the Pinacoteca, the Civic Museum, the Museum of history of agriculture, set up in the fifteenth-century cellars, and the church of the Dead, which houses the cemetery of the Mummies, known for the phenomenon of natural mummification.
Furthermore, Urbania has been recognized as a City of Ancient Ceramic Tradition, thanks to the ancient local laboratories that produced the most beautiful Renaissance majolica, a tradition carried on also in the following centuries until the rebirth of today.
Every year in Urbania, from the first days of the year until 6 January, the National Befana Day takes place.
In the city center, precisely in via San Cristoforo, there is the Befana house, where the party begins with parades, songs and dances.
Various stands are set up, which display material relating to ancient crafts and where various types of gastronomic products are available for tasting, while the Epiphany descends from the bell tower in a scenario characterized by pyrotechnic games and acrobatics.