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Farmhouse Pietra Rosa

Urbino, Marche

 Breakfast "Pietra Rosa"

Toasted bread, butter, marmelade and home made cakes, yogurth, cereals, fruits, milk, coffee, barley, fruit juice , hot chocolate. Scrumbled eggs, cheese and local salted meat on demand.

Leaving the S.S. 73bis towards Monte Polo cross the bridge over the river Metauro, then after crossing the railroad tracks of the ancient Fano-Urbino, turn left and go uphill on a nice dirt road for three miles. through forests of hornbeam and oak and where, with a little luck, you may encounter deer, roe deer, porcupines, squirrels and wild boars and other wild animals. Nature comes to us, the scents and colors of the wood make us forget the city, motorways and fast. When we seem to be lost ... well, we got there, a steep road, even two hundred meters and find a cozy home in the sincere and simple hospitality where you can enjoy a peaceful and relaxing holiday, surrounded by nature still intact, enjoying food genuine and the excellent wines of the Marche.


Positioned on two hills, dominating a gentle landscape, it is almost completely surrounded by wall and ramparts. Its medieval quarters, filled with churches and narrow, steep streets, are rich in beautiful monuments and other interests for tourists. Symbol of the Italian Renaissance and birthplace of Raffaello and Bramante, Urbino preserves an urban structure and a large part of its edifices from its golden years. This is one of the major art towns in the world, both because of its history and for the many buildings and works of art which are housed here. Walking around the hilly streets and alleyways of Urbino itself, there is still plenty of evidence of its long artistic and cultural history - the neo-Palladian Cathedral, rebuilt by Valadier after the 1784 earthquake, the church of San Domenico, with its magnificent portal, built in travertine stone, over which stands a copy of the lunette by Luca della Robbia, the Medieval church San Francesco with its fine pointed Gothic bell tower and great altar-piece by Federico Barocci, the Oratory of San Giuseppe with its famous 'Presepe' (Nativity Scene) by Brandani, Palazzo Albani (15th-18th centuries) and the nearby Church of Santo Spirito (16th Century) and the birthplace of Raphael, which now houses the Accademia Raffaello Sanzio, founded in 1869. Further up stands the Fortezza Albornoz. From its battlements we can look out over the twin towers of the Ducal Palace, and across to the 15th Century church of San Bernardino, on one of the neighbouring hills, which houses the Mausoleum of the Dukes. Below the town, at Borgo Mercatale, we can admire the semi-cylindrical spiral ramp which was built in the 15th Century by Francesco di Giorgio Martini and, above it, the 19th Century Teatro 'R. Sanzio'. Higher still are the apse, dome and bell tower of the Cathedral and, to the side of them, next to the large windows of the palace's hanging garden, the magnificent western frontage of the Ducal Palace. Urbino is known for its highly frequented University, which offers courses also for foreigners, as well its "Accademia di Belle Arti, Istituto Superiore di Grafica and Istituto d'Arte del Libro". Urbino celebrates La Festa del Duca each August - this is an historical procession in period costume through the streets of the town centre, in which acrobats and fire-eaters take part, and which culminates in a tournament held in the presence of the Ducal Court.


Less than 10.000 sq. km, 246 municipalities each one with its own original configuration, the Marches (the only Italian region with a plural name) is truly a beautiful territory or, as politicians and economists say, one big town.

It is a town where it is possible to find everything: a coast delimitating the territory lengthwise with characteristic variations of landscape, in some places composed of wide and sandy beaches, in others of rocks sheer to the sea. The plain is gentle with a varied choice of cultivations which seem to be arranged depending an their colours and many little towns testify mens active presence.

Mountains are not so high and are characterized by "dotted" human settlements. The rivers flow as if they were combing the territory, following a geometrie shape and some caves have a great geological interest. There are also many steep cliffs and one single precious lake called Pilato. This is the geographie frame. Its picture has been painted by the history and the different civilizations and their magnificence: castles, abbeys, churches, museums, buildings, squares, villas and monuments which make the Marches an intensely rich region. There are no empty spaces, everywhere there is a building to admire, a painting to appreciate, a curious event to notice.

The richness of this region is in the concentration of naturalistic wealth (a variety of flora, the typical fauna, scenery which is amongst the most acclaimed of Italy) together with architectural and historical jewels and with extraordinary cultural resources, without abandoning the pleasure of offering guests a warm welcome.