Gubbio Umbria Information and Guide
Located in northeastern Umbria, Gubbio sits on the slopes of Mt. Ingino, overlooking a fertile plain. The town of the Ceri (chosen as the symbol of the Region of Umbria) is one of Umbria’s most important centres and attracts many tourists interested in art.
With its centuries-long tradition as a pottery town, it is a member of the Italian Association of Ceramics Towns (“Artistic and Traditional Ceramics” national seal).
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THREE “must sees” in GUBBIO
> Palazzo dei Consoli
> Basilica of Sant’Ubaldo
> Ceri Race
Gubbio is an ancient town whose origins go back to the height of the Umbrian civilization, as can be seen from the Eugubine Tablets (seven bronze tablets with writing in the Umbrian language, preserved at the Civic Museum in Palazzo dei Consoli). The Romans gave it the name Iguvium, and later Eugubium. Destroyed by the Goths (552), who were succeeded first by the Byzantines (592) and then the Lombards (772), it rose again in the 11th century, when it was established as an independent commune. In the 12th century, Gubbio, under the spiritual guidance of Bishop Ubaldo, the great protector of Gubbio, won a war against Perugia and other nearby towns. Thanks to its thriving industry (specialized in majolica pottery), it reached its greatest splendour in the 14th century, during which time many monuments were built and it took on the medieval appearance that still has today. In 1384 it became part of the Duchy of Urbino and went with Urbino to the Papal States in 1631.
ART, CULTURE, ENVIRONMENT
Gubbio is one of the most ancient towns in Umbria, remaining marvellously well-preserved over the centuries, with many monuments that bear witness to its glorious past. Architecturally it represents the zenith of medieval civilization and of society in the 1200-1300s, with the system of the guilds.
Evidence of its ancient origins is provided by the Eugubine Tablets, one of the most important archaeological records in Italy – seven bronze tablets with writing in the Umbrian language preserved at the Civic Museum – and the Roman Theater standing just outside the city walls. The monumental Basilica of Sant’Ubaldo, which holds the remains of the town’s patron saint, towers over Gubbio, with its architectural masterpieces that stand as symbols of the power of this medieval city-state.
Construction began in the early 14th century on the superb complex that includes the Palazzo dei Consoli, a symbol of the town and home of the Picture Gallery and Archeological Museum, the Piazza della Signoria and Palazzo Pretorio, which serves today as the Town Hall. Also, deserving mention is Palazzo Beni, the Bargello with its famous fountain, and the Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo. The Renaissance Ducal Palace, attributed to Francesco Giorgio Martini, documents the town’s brilliant period under the rule of the Montefeltro dukes. Also interesting are the Cathedral (12th century), Santa Maria Nuova, with the Madonna of the Belvedere by Ottaviano Nelli inside, the Church and Convent of Sant’Agostino (13th century) with frescoes by Nelli, the Church and Convent of San Francesco, San Giovanni, characterized by the Romanesque façade and bell tower, San Pietro and San Domenico.
Also of interest are Piazza 40 Martiri with the Church and Ospedale dei Bianchi, the Loggia dei Tiratori and the Church of Sant’Andrea or Monastery of di San Marziale.
Sights outside the walls are the Roman Mausoleum, the Church of San Secondo, the Church of Madonna del Prato and the Church of the Vittorina.
Natural attractions include the Mt. Cucco Park nature area and the fascinating Bottaccione Gorge, with the rocks that, according to one theory, reveal the secrets of the disappearance of the dinosaur 65 million years ago.
Procession of the Dead Christ (Good Friday)
National Classical Dance Schools Festival (late April-early May)
Ceri Race (15 May)
Half-Sized Ceri Race (21 May)
Crossbow Tournament (last Sunday in May)
Little Ceri Race (2 June)
Gubbio Endurance (June)
Classical Performances Season – Roman Theater (July-August)
Gubbio No Borders Italian Jazz Festival (August)
Palio dei Quartieri (14 August)
Luigi Fagioli Trophy (August)
White Truffle Trade Fair (late October-early November)
Tuttisapori Expo – The Flavors of Italy (December)
World’s Biggest Christmas Tree (Christmas)
White and Black Truffles
“Crescia” (a type of flatbread)
Commune of Gubbio
How to get there
From the north: A14 Adriatica motorway, Fano exit, continue toward Gubbio.
A1 motorway, Arezzo exit, continue toward Gubbio.
From the south: A1 motorway, Orte exit; go toward Perugia until reaching the exit for Gubbio;
A14 Adriatica motorway, Ancona-Nord exit, continue toward Jesi, Fabriano and Gubbio.
IAT – Gubbio District
Via della Repubblica, 15 – 06024 Gubbio
Tel. 075.9220693 – Fax 075.9273409
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