Urbino and dukes’ Courts
History and nature are the themes of this itinerary, a trip through the heart of Montefeltro.
The route is quite undulating and does not have any particularly difficult climbs (max. alt. 550 m). The hilly sections are separated by long stretches of flat road.
SANT’ANGELO IN VADO,
CASCATA DEL SASSO,
How to reach Urbino:
From the Coast: Autostrada A14, Pesaro Exit • follow road signs for Urbino (S.P 423)
From Inland: S.S. 73 bis, follow road signs for Urbino
Start: The start point is piazzale Mercatale in Urbino (car and bus park). The piazzale is located under Palazzo Ducale and has a telephone,
bar and fountain. The car park gets rather full during winter months.
km. 0 Zero the milometer under the arch in via Mazzini [⬆️ 420]. At the stop sign, turn right towards Arezzo. Continue along the main road
(S.S. 73 bis) following the signs for Urbania.
km. 12,2 Start the descent towards Urbania. Take care on the bends!
km. 14,9 Urbania is at the bottom of the hill [⬆️280]. 500 m. further on, continue to the right towards S.Angelo in Vado and at the next roundabout keep on the road to S.Angelo in Vado.
km. 16,3 At the crossroads, go straight-on in the direction of S.Angelo in Vado. Follow the signs for S.Angelo in Vado for a few kilometres.
km. 23,5 At the set of traffic lights, go straight-on. On the left the industrial zone and the Cascata del Sasso.
km. 24,3 Sant’Angelo in Vado [⬆️355]. After 200 m, turn right at the junction towards Piandimeleto. The road starts to climb.
km. 28,6 At the junction, continue straight-on towards Piandimeleto [⬆️550]. After approximately 2 km of more or less level road, continue downhill towards Piandimeleto.
km. 34,4 Piandimeleto is at the bottom of the hill [⬆️319], 100 m further on follow the signs for Mercatale (from hereon, the route continues straight along the Valle del Foglia to Km 60).
km. 34,7 At the stop sign, follow the directions to Mercatale. 500 m. further on, follow the signs for Lunano.
km. 36,5 Lunano [⬆️297], 200 m. further on, follow the signs for Mercatale.
km. 36,9 At the junction, follow the signs for Lunano. After 500 m, continue following the signs for Lunano.
km. 37,7 Follow the signs for Pesaro. For the next few km, continue towards Pesaro – Urbino.
km. 44,7 Mercatale. At the next junction, and for the next few km, follow the signs for Pesaro.
km. 54,3 Follow the signs for Casinina. Continue towards Casinina for the next few km.
km. 55,9 Start of Casinina [⬆️135]. Follow the signs for Pesaro for the next few km.
km. 57,9 Start of a fast stretch of main road. Follow the signs for Pesaro.
km. 60,3 At the junction, follow the signs for Urbino. Continue following the signs for Urbino for the next few km. After 1.3 Km, the road starts to climb towards Urbino.
km. 63,6 Villa Schieti. Follow the signs for Urbino for the next few km.
km. 68,8 Gadana [⬆️378].
km. 70,9 Start of Urbino.
km. 72 Follow the signs for Pesaro, Fano, Roma.. Follow this same direction at the next roundabout.
km. 73,5 At the roundabout, follow the signs for Arezzo.
km. 74.7 Arrival in Piazza Mercatale.
Urbino ⬆️420 ➡️35
Standing on two hills, Urbino is the ancient capital of the Montefeltro dukedom. The city is one of the most important art centres in the world and has been recognised by UNESCO as being a world heritage site. Its ancient origins date back to the III Century B.C. when Urvinum Mataurense received the title of Roman municipality. During its century-long history, Urbino enjoyed a period of maximum splendour during the Renaissance period under the “enlightened” rule of Duca Federico da Montefeltro, of which palazzo Ducale (ducal palace) is the symbolic monument. Palazzo Ducale currently houses works of art including the “Flagellation” and the “Madonna di Senigallia” by Piero della Francesca and “The Portrait of a Lady” by Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio). Places to visit: The Oratory of San Giovanni to admire the frescoes by the Salimbeni brothers, the birthplace of Raphael, the monastery of Santa Chiara and the “Duomo”. A visit to the Albornoz fortress (Fortezza Albornoz) is highly recommended, and from where there is a beautiful panorama over the city and valleys beneath. Urbino is quite a lively place, thanks also to the presence of numerous students attending the city’s prestigious and ancient University.
Information: I.A.T. – Tourist Office, tel. 0722 2613.
Sant’Angelo in Vado ⬆️355 ➡️63
A town in the Upper Metaurus Valley built on the ruins of the ancient Roman Tiphernum Mataurense. Sant’Angelo in Vado is the birthplace of the brothers Taddeo and Federico Zuccari, famous painters who were active in XVI Century Rome. The town’s numerous monuments include: the fourteenth century Palazzo della Ragione overlooked by the Torre Civica from the same period, Palazzo Grifoni, the Cathedral dedicated to San Michele Arcangelo (St. Michael the Archangel), the town’s patron saint, and the church of San Francesco. The area is also truffle country and each year hosts the important “Marche White Truffle National Show”.
Information: Tourist Office, tel. 0722 88455.
Cascata del Sasso ⬆️359 ➡️63
In the area of the industrial estate of Sant’Angelo in Vado, the Metaurus River falls naturally to form the Cascata del Sasso, one of the ten largest natural falls in Italy, 60 metres wide and dropping a distance of 15 metres. The rather abrupt change in level that produces this spectacular scenario is the result of heterogeneous rock formations along the course of the river. Along this stretch, in particular, the Metaurus crosses, in this order, the Schlier, Biscario and Scaglia Cinerea formations. A convenient parking area with services for campers is located opposite the waterfall.
Piandimeleto ⬆️319 ➡️56
The town is situated on the upland plain of the Upper Foglia Valley (Alta Valle del Foglia). Immersed in lush greenery, it is a haven for nature loving tourists and day-trippers. A characteristic feature of Piandimeleto is the “Castello dei Conti Oliva” located in the medieval heart of the old centre and dating back to the XV Century. Another place worth visiting is the parish church of San Biagio where there are two gothic tombstones and a fresco dated 1576. The mushroom festival and fair is held every year in San Sisto.
Information: Town Hall, tel. 0722 721121; Town museums, tel. 0722 721528.