The Locanda is located only 12 km south of Urbino: the walled centre of Urbino is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. With its magnificent Ducal Palace “palazzo in forma di città” – masterpiece of Renaissance architecture – the numerous art treasures (don’t miss the Medieval Saint John’s Oratory), the houses and buildings and the intricate lanes, Urbino will fascinate you.
Our location, in the heart of the Montefeltro, Northern Le Marche, is perfect for daytripping to many hilltop towns, città d’arte and villages; visit their valuable cultural heritage, walk around the city walls and the winding alleys and share the life of the local people in every piazza.
Some of the most important Renaissance Italian painters, like Raphael and Piero della Francesca, have lived and worked in this area, yet you will also be able to discover less known Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces. Art galleries and small museums also contain interesting contemporary pieces mostly from local artists.
In the Roman times the Via Flaminia was the most important road connecting Rome to the Adriatic Sea. Along its course there are several archaeological sites such as part of the road and the tunnel at the Furlo Gorge, the mosaics in Sant’Angelo in Vado and Pesaro, The Bronzi dorati museum in Pergola. A little further afield the Archaeological Museum in Ancona is not to be missed.
The fortresses designed by Francesco di Giorgio Martini characterize the landscape of the Montefeltro area, from better-known San Leo and Mondavio, down to small and unknown wonders such as Sassocorvaro fortress (its plan resembles a tortoise), Cagli, Sant’Agata Feltria and Frontone. He also worked on the Ducal Palace in Urbino.
CHURCHES AND MONASTERIES
Like most of Central Italy, Le Marche belonged to the Papal States until 1870, thus the impressive number of religious buildings in the towns and countryside. You shouldn’t miss the Medieval San Vincenzo al Furlo Church and the Monastery of Fonte Avellana and, a little further away, one of the most important Marian devotion sites in Italy: the Santa Casa in Loreto.