Things to do in Urbino

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Rome: Sistine Chapel, Vatican & St. Peters Private Tour

1. Rome: Sistine Chapel, Vatican & St. Peters Private Tour

On this special Vatican tour, you’ll discover the treasures of the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums and St Peter’s Basilica. In the company of one of your expert guides, marvel at masterpieces by Michelangelo and Raphael and explore one of the greatest art collections in the world. Many visitors are rushed through the Sistine Chapel, but on your Sistine Chapel tour, you’ll have time to gaze up at the ceiling and admire the artwork while your guide explains the secrets of Michelangelo’s intricately detailed frescoes. Close to the Sistine Chapel is the suite of private papal apartments known as the Raphael Rooms. These exquisitely decorated rooms contain some of the finest examples of Raphael’s work, including the “School of Athens” - a group portrait of the most famous ancient philosophers. On your visit to the Raphael Rooms, your guide will explain why a young painter from Urbino was chosen for such a prestigious commission, earning admiration and envy. These rooms also provide a fascinating insight into the life of the papal court, as well as the Renaissance fascination with the classical world. Often overlooked by visitors who are in a hurry to get to the Sistine Chapel, the Raphael Rooms deserve a more relaxed, contemplative visit; your guide will ensure that you have plenty of time to appreciate Raphael’s works at leisure. Your private visit to the Vatican Museums is a unique opportunity to explore one of the most remarkable art collections in the world. Accompanied by an expert art historian, you’ll learn all about these ancient masterpieces, gaining a greater appreciation of Roman art and understanding why these artworks are so important in the wider context of art history. A walk through the famous Gallery of Maps, Pinecone Courtyard and, Belvedere Courtyard is an unforgettable experience - an opportunity to be completely immersed in more than 2,000-years of art. Although it’s impossible to see the entire extent of the Vatican’s enormous collection, on your Vatican Museums private tour you’ll be able to optimize your time, seeing a selection of unmissable highlights along with some hidden treasures. After exiting the Sistine Chapel, you’ll be able to enter St Peter’s Basilica directly, without having to wait in line. During your visit to St Peter’s Basilica, your guide will tell you the fascinating story of the basilica within the context of Christian history, from its origins as a burial ground to its current state of splendor and international importance.

Urbino: Private Walking Tour with Ducal Palace Ticket

2. Urbino: Private Walking Tour with Ducal Palace Ticket

Explore the stunning UNESCO-listed site that is Urbino on a private walking tour. Let your local guide unveil the walled city's artistic and architectural masterpieces that date back to the 15th and 16th centuries, while learning about its significance during the Renaissance. Meet your guide at the Piazza Rinascimento, from where you will start your tour to discover Urbino and its secrets. Make your way to the magnificent Ducal Palace — one of Italy's most important monuments and a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site — and walk through its historical rooms. Admire Urbino Cathedral, and the Oratory of St. John the Baptist, a jewel of Gothic architecture. Visit the birthplace and memorial of Raffaello Sanzio, one of the Renaissance's most famous painters. End your tour with a picturesque view of the city from the terrace of the Albornoz Fortress, before returning to the center through Porta Valbona.

From Urbino: Montefeltro Tour with Truffle Lunch

3. From Urbino: Montefeltro Tour with Truffle Lunch

This excursion takes you to the discovery of the ducal lands around Urbino, which will be the starting point. In the morning, your driver will pick you up at the meeting point to head to Urbania, formerly known as Casteldurante. You will have a few hours to explore this small, excellently preserved and pretty village that nevertheless offers interesting sights. In the price of this activity you will have included admission to the town's Ducal Palace (directly overlooking the course of the river providing a very impressive glimpse) and the lovely Bramante Theater. But it doesn't end there, during your time in Urbania a local guide will walk around with you while narrating anecdotes and stories about these ducal lands, but most importantlym, guide will have a special key that will open a palace generally closed to the public: The Barco Ducale. This ancient structure was used as a hunting lodge by the Dukes of Montefeltro and you will get to explore a portion of it before visiting another rare gem. It is the Church of the Dead and the Cemetery of the Mummies. In fact, in Urbania there is this particular church that houses mummified and exposed bodies.  At the end of teh visit, driver will then take you to Acqualagna, the truffle capital of central Italy. We have already booked everything for you and hope you will arrive with an empty stomach because the smells and flavors will make you salivate. The Acqualagna truffle is one of the most renowned in Italy and you will have the opportunity to enjoy it with a meal based on this prized ingredient. Once lunch is over, the car will take you to the Furlo Gorge. This is a gorge carved out by the Candigliano River, later barred by a dam that created an artificial lake of it. You will have a chance to take photos and take a short walk before returning to Urbino, comforrably carried by your car after a memorable morning. 

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based on 4 reviews

The tour was great and I highly recommend it. Having a private guide who can explain in detail the major works and everything that surrounds them was an experience certainly not to be missed. During the whole tour our guide has always been full of energy, highly professional and never boring. He also passed on his passion for history to us. Thanks Enrica it was a wonderful journey through the history of Rome!

Barbara…who was my Guide was amazing! She was friendly, fun and Knowledgeable…I felt like I explored the Vatican with a friend! It was the best experience!! Grazie mille!

Our guide was so wonderful and made sure our tour was perfect.

Our tour guide was great, punctuall and informative