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From the mountains to the sea, through art and fine cuisine

The tour begins in the Urbino, the crown jewel of the Renaissance and birthplace of the painter, Raphael. Its particular location allows for stupendous vistas of Montefeltro and the Metauro Valley. There’s no shortage of palaces, churches, or museums to visit. The best of these museums is the Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, found in the Palazzo Ducale of Federico da Montefeltro. You won’t miss out on the chance to explore nature or local cuisine, either. For example, there’s an ancient tunnel that was carved out centuries ago where you’ll also find a small and delicate treat in the soil – the truffle, as well as a type of red berry that produces a sweet fortified wine. There are even some excellent options for excursions through the mountains and through water-carved canyons. Each one of the towns in the Pesaro-Urbino Province on this tour contains one-of-a-kind treasures found nowhere else in the world. To bring this leg of the trip to a pleasant end, we’ll stop in Pesaro to take in the views of the sea and the rocky coastline.

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5 days

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Best season : Anytime of year, but particularly in spring during the fascinating spectacle of the migrating birds of prey.

Included / Not Included

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Assistance upon arrival at the airport

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Car rental with insurance

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Hotel in a double room with a minimum of 3 stars

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Admission fees for museums, nature preserves, and the food costs (for meals and samplings)

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Directions and suggestions for best beaches

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Travel accessories and telephone with Italian SIM

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Directions and suggestions for best bars and restaurants

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Telephone assistance in Italian, English, Spanish and French

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Flights to/from your home city

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Meals where not mentioned

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Travel Insurance (strongly recommended)

Itinerary

When you arrive at the Falconara (or Bologna) Airport, you’ll pick up your vehicle and meet with our representative who will provide you with everything you need for your trip. The first day will be dedicated to exploring the city of Urbino. This hilltop city has been populated since Roman times, and was at the height of its splendor during the Renaissance when it was the center of power of the Montefeltro Family. That morning, the plan is to visit the Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, which, in addition to an enigmatic work by Raffaello, is known for masterpieces by Piero della Francesca, Tiziano, and other extraordinary artists from that period. At lunchtime, we suggest a quick break, during which you may want to sample Urbino’s famous crescia sfogliata. There are plenty of palaces, manors, and churches to see as you travel by foot along the quaint and beautiful streets and take in Urbino’s lively atmosphere. In addition, this city is known as a center of top universities. To enjoy a lovely panorama, we suggest a walk (it’s a little steep, but definitely worthwhile!) up to the viewpoint at the Parco della Resistenza and the Fortezza dell’Albornoz. Along the way, you’ll be able to visit the birthplace of one of the most famous Italian Renaissance painters – Raffaello Sanzio. Dinner will be served in a restaurant or other recommended local eatery. Spend the night at a hotel in Urbino.

This morning, after breakfast, you will leave Urbino and head to Gola del Furlo, near the town of Acqualagna. The “gola” (gulley or gorge) was cut out by the Candigliano River, which flows between Monte Pietralata and Monte Paganuccio. Its name comes from the tunnel which was built in Roman times, known as the Forulus (small bore). There are many, many paths that criss-cross along the mountainside, offering different levels of difficulty to accommodate varying fitness levels. Since 2011, the Gola has been a protected site, as it is part of a national Nature Preserve. It’s home to many rare species of birds, including the Golden Eagle. Near the entrance to the tunnel, you’ll find the Abbazia Benedettina di San Vincenzo al Furlo. If you’re interested, there are mountain bikes there on site that are available for hire. Once you’ve finished your outings, you’ll visit Acqualagna, known as the truffle capital of the world. Thanks to the area’s unique climate and terrain, there is a wide variety of delicious truffles that can be sampled year-round. The most famous and most desirable of them all has to be the Tartufo Bianco Pregiato (Tuber Magnatum Pico), which is harvested in autumn. All the varieties of these exquisite delicacies pair well with the quality local wines that are served in traditional and agritourism restaurants. There will be a list of these locations in your tour documents, so each party can choose where to eat according to their budget. Spend the night at a hotel in Acqualagna.

Pergola, a city in the Pesaro-Urbino province, is home to 6000 inhabitants and a millennium of history dating from prehistoric times to today. The city’s Roman period is well-documented through the tombs, containers, and furnishings that have been discovered there, but the biggest find was a series of gilded bronze statues found in Cartoceto. This was an extraordinary discovery given their rarity – the only comparable pieces are being conserved in Venice and Rome. These and the city’s other archeological finds can be seen in the local museum, Museo dei Bronzi Dorati e della Città di Pergola. Like every town in the Marche region, Pergola also produces a unique local delicacy. In this case, it’s a sweet fortified wine that comes from a small cherry, known as a visciola. The same type of cherry also makes a great jam as well as phytotherapy products. The area also boasts an international animation film festival –  Animavì – Cinema d’Animazione e Arte Poetica. It’s been held in the month of August in Pergola since 2016. But there are still shows and performances to see year-round, too, with world-famous names such as Emir Kusturica and Wim Wenders. Dinner will be served at a local restaurant. Spend the night at a hotel in Pergola.

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