Gubbio, the city of the Ceri
The ancient origins of the city are testified by the seven bronze tablets known as the "Iguvine Tablets", written between the 2nd and 1st century B.C. and housed in the local Civic Museum. They are partly written in the Umbrian language and are considered one of the most important Italics documents.
Further up: the palazzo dei Canonici, seat of the Diocesan Museum, with an art collection that retraces the history of the Iguvine Diocese; the cathedral, started at the end of the 12th century and dedicated to Saints Mariano and Giacomo, whose remains are kept under the high altar; and palazzo Ducale. The latter, commissioned by Federico da Montefeltro between 1475 and 1480 and probably designed by Francesco di Giorgio Martini, is now a museum. Inside, there is a lovely courtyard where the ancient town hall square used to be.
Do not miss the Basilica di Sant'Ubaldo, almost at the top of Mount Ingino, which can be reached either on foot with a panoramic yet steep walk or by chairlift. The famous Ceri di Gubbio are kept here. Above the high altar, inside an urn, you can see the body of patron Sant'Ubaldo, who died in 1160.
On your way down, pass by the famous Bargello fountain where, after going round it three times and being "baptised" with its water, you will receive the symbolical "Patente di matto di Gubbio" (a sort of honorary citizenship).
If you want to trace St Francis's footsteps, you must visit the church of the Vittorina (13th century), built where, according to tradition, he encountered the wolf of Gubbio.
Gubbio can be enjoyed year-round: music festivals, the magic of Christmas with the tallest Tree in the world, markets and nativity scenes, the Festa dei Ceri, historical re-enactments, art exhibitions and concerts. Savour local flavours such as the fine truffles and excellent crescia. Find out more about the ancient artisan tradition by visiting studios and workshops; experience all this and much more...